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ANC dismisses impeachment move as 'an electioneering tactic'

Gwede Mantashe reiterated there is no basis for the motion in the Constitutional Court judgment.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe addressed the media at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on the party's response to the Constitutional Court's ruling on the Nkandla saga. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has describe the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s motion to have the president impeached as an electioneering tactic.

The governing party on Monday held an extended national working committee meeting to discuss last week's Constitutional Court ruling against President Jacob Zuma.

While the party has accepted the court's findings and the president's apology, it has called on the National Assembly to implement the directives.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe explains the national working committee has welcomed the court's finding and will work on implementing the directives.

"The report of the national officials was endorsed. What we need to do is to go and explain ourselves to the people."

He adds the party will also consult the Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans and struggle stalwarts amid growing calls from within the party's ranks for the president to step down.

"We don't think it's necessary to send open letters when you deal with the ANC when you're a member and a leader and a veteran."

Seemingly unfazed by the looming impeachment debate in the National Assembly, Mantashe reiterated there is no basis for the motion in the Constitutional Court judgment.

Zuma faces a fresh bid for his impeachment in the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

Opposition party leaders intent on seeing Zuma punished for violating the Constitution, will meet ahead of the impeachment debate.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says ANC Members of Parliament who defend Zuma are placing themselves in a tricky position.

"What I can't accept is that as Members of Parliament if you take your oath of office to say you'll defend the Constitution, can it be said that then you'll defend somebody who breaks the Constitution."

If removed for serious misconduct or a serious violation of the Constitution, the president is stripped of all benefits attached to his office.

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