Mantashe: Top 6 meeting will discuss the way forward

Gwede Mantashe says the party’s top six will meet today to discuss the implications of today's ruling.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says today's top six meeting will decide whether the party will call another urgent National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

Mantashe was speaking at Luthuli House this afternoon.

He says the ANC respects and accepts the Constitutional Court ruling made by chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

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Mantashe says the party's top six will meet today to discuss the implications of the ruling.

"The officials will meet urgently to look into the implications of the judgement and will take it from there."

He says the judgement clarified many things and is pleased with the role of the court.

The secretary general says tonight's meeting will discuss the way forward.

Mantashe says the top six will first carefully go through the ruling before meeting.

Furthermore, Mantashe says calls by opposition parties for the president to be impeached is mere repetition and nothing new.

He says it's important to remember that the ANC was not part of the case.

But the secretary general says he is aware of the opposition's calls for impeachment.

He added that he had no authority to declare a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on behalf of the party.

To read the full judgment read out by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, click here.

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ANC IN PARLY WELCOMES RULING

The ANC in Parliament says it welcomes and accepts the judgment without reservation.

It says, however, the judgment requires careful study before a comprehensive responsive can be issued.

Despite opposition objections, ANC MPs on the ad hoc committees set up to deal with the Public Protector's report pushed for an outcome that exonerated the president of any liability.

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Now the highest court in the land has spoken.

The party's Moloto Mothapo said, "As the ANC in Parliament we welcome and accept the judgment".

Mothapo says the ANC in Parliament will now dissect the judgment.

"The judgment is comprehensive and it covers a wide range of constitutional matters and thus requires careful study for the purposes of issuing a detailed response."

The issue now is whether the party will use its majority to block any move to impeach the president, and what that will say about the ruling party.

EFF CONTINUES THE CALL FOR ZUMA'S HEAD

At the same time, The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on politicians across the political divide to unite with businesses and unions to lead a march to have Zuma removed as Head of State.

EFF leader Julius Malema says South Africans need to stand up to the president following today's Constitutional Court judgement.

"All of us must come together; DA, ANC, UDM, IFP ... let us come together in defence of the Constitution."

He's also called on business and unions to unite.

"So [Johann] Rupert your call for Zuma to step down should translate into action, closure of business and allowing of workers including yourself, to come and join the march to remove Zuma. Let business and unions join."

Malema says the EFF is willing to take practical steps to have Zuma removed.

"If needs be we're not scared to engage them violently. If Zuma is going to continue to stay in office, he's leading us with no option but to engage in practical steps to remove him."

Besides calling for Zuma to be removed, Malema has also called on Parliament to be dissolved, saying it's failed the people of South Africa.

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The Democratic Alliance, meanwhile, has called for Zuma's impeachment while Congress of the People says he cannot stay in office.

To read the full statement by the ANC on the judgment, click here.