ANC NEC: Will Zuma answer questions about the Guptas?
Top ANC leaders will meet again this morning to continue their NEC meeting.
JOHANNESBURG - As top African National Congress (ANC) leaders meet again this morning to continue their National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, there's still no clarity on which way the debate is going and whether President Jacob Zuma will have to answer questions about the Gupta family.
The ruling party would not comment on the demonstration, which is being led by Former deputy ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Ronald Lamola.
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It seems the ANC has managed to keep a tight lid on what's happening in the meeting so far.
NEC members usually have to leave their cell phones in brown envelopes outside their meetings so that no one can send information to journalists.
But it does seem clear that some senior leaders are frustrated with the influence of the Gupta family and want to do something about it.
Other supporters of President Zuma, such as North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, are still supporting both Zuma and the Gupta family, saying they've done nothing wrong.
There's also no clarity this morning on why Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was not at the meeting yesterday as he could be one of the key players in all of this.
Today, a broad range of discussions on the performance of South Africa's economy and the obstacles to growth will take place.
Difficult discussions on South Africa's 0.9 percent projected economic growth is due to take place as well as the party's state of readiness for the local government elections.
Gauteng Provincial Secretary Hope Papo and Chairperson Paul Mashatile are expected to report on how the party plans to retain control of the Johannesburg and Tshwane metros.
The party's secretary general Gwede Mantashe says they need a winning strategy and will place too much focus on a court appeal by Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
Outside the venue Lamola and one other person are holding up placards saying Zuma must go.
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'ZUMA WILL SURVIVE THIS WEEKEND'S NEC MEETING'
Meanwhile, political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says he believes the president will survive this weekend's NEC meeting because he still has a lot of support within the ANC ranks.
But if an investigation into the Gupta family saga is launched, he might not be as lucky in the near future.
Fikeni says Zuma already faces a lot of litigation.
"It depends on what the party decides to do about the Guptas. If you have this one, it might prove to be the most embarrassing one, if the full extent of the relationship is revealed."
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