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Handful of protesters demonstrate outside ANC NEC meeting

Organiser of the protest, Ronald Lamola, believes the protest has been effective.

A protest by ANC members and supporters is underway. About 20 people demanding Jacob Zuma be recalled. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - About 20 people are now protesting outside the African National Congress (ANC)'s national executive committee (NEC) meeting, and the organiser Ronald Lamola says they believe this is the last opportunity for the NEC to act against President Jacob Zuma.

The NEC meeting is in its second day and Lamola says the NEC will lose its legitimacy if they do not act.

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Lamola says even though there are only about 20 people but believes the protest has been effective.

"We are very effective and have registered the message here for."

Most of the people are ANC members and some are supporters.

Lamola says the NEC is suffering from a crisis of legitimacy.

"We believe this is the final opportunity for the NEC to redeem the ANC because if they don't do so they have lost the legitimacy to do so and society will take this matter up and they are going to remove Jacob Zuma."

Security has been ramped up today and a briefing by the officials is expected tomorrow.

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the ANC's NEC won't take action against Zuma because too many of its members have been appointed to Cabinet posts by Zuma.

Several other party members also said the Gupta's offered them positions as long as they complied with certain conditions.

Vavi said the NEC's behaviour over Nkandla shows no action will be taken this time around.

"Those who think the national executive committee made up of men and women of that calibre... dream on, it's not going to happen. Only the people of South Africa can stand up at this moment and say they've had enough."

Adding to Vavi's voice, political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said he doubts that a decision will be taken at the NEC meeting this weekend on whether to recall the president.

"Even if they take a decision that he must be recalled, it's a decision that can't effect because Jacob Zuma was not elected by the NEC of the ANC. He was elected by a national congress of the ANC, which effectively is a summit of branches."

He argued that the correct structures need to be put in place first.

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