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Will Zuma be deployed to attend ANC stalwarts conference?

The stalwarts have previously called on Jacob Zuma to step down, saying he has contributed immensely to the deterioration of the party.

ANC stalwarts give a briefing about the consultative conference next week. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts say while President Jacob Zuma may be deployed by the party to attend their consultative conference next week, they will see what happens if that’s the case.

The stalwarts have previously called on the president to step down, saying he has contributed immensely to the deterioration of the party.

When the ANC stalwarts called on the president to step down, they mentioned Nkandla, the State of Capture report and his previous Cabinet reshuffles as some of the reasons behind their call.

Now, the question is whether they are willing to allow the same man they say they have no confidence in to be at their gathering.

The president has more than once hit out at the stalwarts for demanding the consultative conference on their terms, saying they are not superior than any ANC structure.

CONFERENCE-READY

At the same time, the stalwarts say they are ready for the conference, adding that they hope their gathering will save the party.

They say the gathering will be attended by civil society, business, labour, ANC branches and they have invited the party's leaders.

Stalwart Wally Serote says they expect 500 people to attend the conference.

“Saving the ANC as an organisation that serves the people of this country is a very key thing. But in order for us to that, we need to define the problem.”

He says even the ANC NEC which denied them the opportunity to hold this conference before the policy gathering in June this year, has been invited.

The ANC will have a special NEC meeting this weekend where the party may decide whether or not to send a delegation to the gathering.

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