Pickets expected outside ANC’s NEC today

Former ANCYL head Ronald Lamola is calling on members to demand action be taken against Zuma.

FILE. An ANC Women's league member holds her fist in the air during a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in defense of President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While African National Congress (ANC) members prepare for a picket outside the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Centurion, officials have refused to be drawn in on whether Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will take part in today's proceedings.

Former deputy ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Ronald Lamola has called on all concerned ANC members to gather outside the venue, to demand that the NEC acts against President Jacob Zuma.

Lamola says the scandals involving the Hawks and Gordhan as well as the Gupta family's alleged influence on Cabinet appointments, have not been handled properly by the committee.

He says concerned ANC members will gather outside the hotel in Centurion later this morning, to picket.

"That will be the beginning of cleaning the organisation. They must do that and then convene and special congress before the end of the year."

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The event is not endorsed by the party, so it's unclear how much support Lamola's call will receive.

Meanwhile the ANC says it won't be drawn into speculation about whether Gordhan is taking part in its NEC meeting.

The finance minister was notably missing during a photo opportunity for the press at the venue yesterday.

The party says the meeting has discussed the performance of the economy and it will not comment on who is taking part.

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