'Dream on... ANC NEC won't recall Zuma'

Zwelinzima Vavi says the ANC’s NEC won't take action against President Jacob Zuma.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the African National Congress (ANC's) national executive committee (NEC) won't take action against President Jacob Zuma this weekend because too many of its members have been appointed to Cabinet posts by Zuma.

The NEC is meeting to discuss the influence of the Guptas after Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas confirmed he'd been offered the position of finance minister by the family.

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

Vavi says 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."

LISTEN: Vavi says ANC NEC won't recall Zuma.

At the same time, political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi says 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 says the correct structures need to be put in place first.

"For such a discussion to take place and a decision to be based on it, the NEC would have to call a special conference, a summit of branches, which would deliberate over the matter."


While the NEC meeting grapples with questions about 'state capture' this weekend, the party will also need to assess its readiness for local government elections and an appeal lodged by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Constitutional Court.

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But one of the most important discussions will be about upcoming elections and whether the party is ready.

The IEC has appealed a ruling over the recent postponement of by-elections in five provinces.

It is contesting a ruling that the voters' roll for the elections needs to include home addresses, regardless of whether someone has voted before.

The IEC told the Constitutional Court in legal papers that if judges don't give it more time to get the proper addresses of registered voters, it will be impossible to hold local government elections this year.

The commission says that would mean the Constitution is ignored because it demands that elections be held by 16 August.

The ANC has previously lamented the Electoral Court ruling, saying it infringes on people living in informal settlements right to vote.

The party says it has been in discussion with its lawyers over the IEC appeal at the Constitutional Court.