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ANC in WC ‘undecided’ on backing Zuma

The regional office of the ruling party says the matter will be discussed at its PEC meeting.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and Speaker Baleka Mbete in conversation while walking down the red carpet ahead of the State of the Nation Address on 11 February 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it has not yet decided whether or not to back President Jacob Zuma.

The regional office of the ruling party says the matter will be discussed at its Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting later this month.

Other provincial branches like the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal say they support Zuma "100 percent and wholeheartedly".

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko says the party's official stance on whether President Zuma should step down will be taken later this month.

"At this stage, the PEC has not met to have an official position on the matter."

He's revealed members have differing views on the matter.

"Of course, people may have expressed their views individually, but because the PEC has not sat there is no official view at this stage."

Diko sys the Western Cape ANC will make a decision as a collective.

'ELIMINATE POOR LEADERSHIP IN THE ANC'

Meanwhile, former ANC Deputy Secretary General Cheryl Carolus has urged members of the public and members of the ruling party to ensure poor leadership is eliminated from the organisation.

Carolus is part of a group of civil society leaders who have launched a campaign for the removal of President Zuma.

The campaign will see a number of social dialogues taking place this month before finalising a concrete plan of action for a new leadership.

She says she is appealing to ANC members specifically because the degeneration of the ruling party happened under their watch.

"It has happened on our watch and we, as the ANC have to fix it. We have to liberate ourselves from this culture of silence because I have no doubt that most people in the ANC are decent, hardworking patriotic people who know what is right and what is wrong."