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ANC reaffirms support for Zuma in NWC meeting

The party says it will give its regional branches a chance to weigh in on the Nkandla saga.

ANC flags at the party's Mangaung conference. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it will give its regional branches a chance to weigh in on the Nkandla saga and the events of recent days.

Following an extended national working committee (NWC) meeting in Cape Town on Monday night, the party reaffirmed its support for President Jacob Zuma.

But it says a decision on how to deal with the Constitutional Court judgment and its findings against President Jacob Zuma can only be made by consulting all its structures.

The NWC meeting ran into the night, with the outcome hardly a surprise.

WATCH: ANC welcomes Zuma's apology

ANC Secretary General-Gwede Mantashe says the NWC has endorsed the top six's earlier statement backing Zuma.

"The NWC accepted the fact that the president has apologised and that's the humility that is necessary for any leader."

Mantashe has dismissed calls for the president to step down as a publicity stunt by opposition parties.

He says the ANC will now direct its focus on campaigning ahead of the local government elections.

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.

However, ANC officials have described the DA's motion to have the president impeached as an electioneering tactic.

WATCH: ConCourt's Nkandla ruling - What will Parliament do?

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says today's parliamentary motion is beyond party politics, as the opposition will unite behind one cause.

Maimane says it is crucial that opposition parties stand together.

"I think the greatest challenge here in this history is that authors of the Constitution did not foresee that we'd have a president like Jacob Zuma, let alone a party like the ANC who has turned away from its own foundations of constitutionalism."

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

To read the full judgment by the ConCourt on Nkandla, click here.

To view EWN's feature on key moments from the Nkandla saga, click here.