"I decided to resign before my period ended to save ANC," said former President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.
He spoke to more than a thousand inhabitants of Bhobhoyi, in Port Shepstone, in KwaZulu-Natal's southern coast at a provincial ANC election campaign.
"ANC NEC (National Executive Committee) told me I would resign as president and they could not give me any reason when I asked them. I decided to save ANC and I left. I saw that it would lead us to a forest and we would fight among ourselves, "he said.
"ANC is more important than my pain and feelings," he said to a high bowl.
He warned the party's supporters who carried ANC colors to "vote for the ANC and not the president".
"ANC has not done anything wrong for you. There are talks that some people are not happy with it and so or Zuma. Vote for ANC, not president. If you choose not to vote next year you are not mature. Vote for ANC to remain in government, "he insisted.
Zuma warned members who thought they were "special because of power or because of their ideas" to "put ANC first".
"We joined ANC, ANC did not go with us. We'll do better than we did," he said.
ANC has made "mistakes" in its service as the government party, acknowledged Zuma.
"Wrong happens when you work," he said.
He warned those who "politicians" in criticizing the ANC and encourages the youth, especially those who have just turned 18, to vote for the ANC "instead of throwing its voice at sea" by deciding to vote for other parties.
"Do not vote for the other party that used to be led by that woman and now led by that boy, I forget their name and party. Do not vote for the other party led by the boy who is always red, who also speaks a lot," said he sarcastic.
A former president is not a "king"
He obviously referred to former DA leader Helen Zille and current leader Mmusi Maimane, as well as EFF leader Julius Malema.
"The other party even hit the second colored woman in Cape Town. She left at the end when they continued to provoke her. Why vote for them? The boy in red did not do anything for the people." Vote for ANC. "
He referred to former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille who recently resigned from his position and left DA to form a new political party.
Zuma also took a jibe on the party's former presidents.
Being a former president does not mean anything. That does not mean you're a king, he said.
He suggested that they respect the current leadership of the party and said he was headed by provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli during the campaign in Port Shepstone.
"Being a former means nothing. He is the one who sent me. It's as it should be. You got that position for some reason." That does not mean that once you had a position, you're a king now, that does not mean something. Therefore, they use "earlier", they say now "useless one" you're a former "he said before breaking into his signature laughter.