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ANC chief whip: The party stands by Zuma’s ‘whole-hearted apology’

ANC Chief whip Jacskon Mthembu says they blocked the motion of impeachment because Zuma apologised.

A screen grab of President Jacob Zuma watching on during the 2016 State of the Nation debate on 16 February 2016. Picture: YouTube

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says the ANC has defended President Jacob Zuma in Parliament, because he apologised fully for all of his actions over Nkandla, when he addressed the nation on Friday.

Mthembu's defended the ANC's stance, saying it was correct to block the motion brought by opposition parties that Zuma be removed from his position after the Constitutional Court said he had not kept his oath to uphold the Constitution over Nkandla.

The ANC's chief whip told 702's Redi Tlhabi this morning, that President Zuma gave a whole-hearted apology on Friday night.

"The president apologised for everything in relation to the matters of Nkandla."

Tlhabi interjected saying, "Zuma had apologised for 'confusion' but he was the only one who was confused on the matter, there was no confusion."

To that Mthembu said, "Maybe you must have the president speak for himself."

In his address last Friday, the president referred to the "frustration and confusion" caused by Nkandla saga.

"The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion, for which I apologise on my behalf and on behalf of government," he said.

The ANC has said Zuma "humbled himself" by apologising.

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