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Will SA's unions back Zuma?

34 unions will today meet to decide what position they’ll take as civil society calls for Zuma to step down.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has announced that 34 unions will be meeting today to decide what position they'll take, as civil society calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Yesterday civil society leaders gathered outside the Constitutional Court to launch a campaign that will mobilise South Africans to call for the president's removal.

The movement was spurred on by the Democratic Alliance (DA)''s failed attempt in Parliament this week to have Zuma impeached.

WATCH: Chaos as Zuma impeachment debate begins ...

Vavi says unions are concerned about what they believe is a leadership crisis.

"All of them decry the fact that we are going through a crisis within and without."

He says the unions that will meet today are also working to form an independent trade union movement in the country.

"An independent trade union movement that will give a voice to workers again in the context of what is happening."

Vavi says the removal of the president will need firm organised action and not just a few protest marches.

WC ANC 'UNDECIDED'

Yesterday, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape said it had not yet decided whether or not to back Zuma.

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

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

Other provincial branches like the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal said they're behind Zuma '100 percent and wholeheartedly'.

However, the ANC's Sefako Makgatho branch has broken ranks and called on Zuma to step down or face a national disciplinary committee for bringing the party's name into disrepute.

Earlier this week, the ANC said it would 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 the president.

The party said a decision on how to deal with the Constitutional Court judgment and its findings against Zuma will be made by consulting all its structures.

WATCH: President Zuma: I respect the ConCourt's Nkandla judgment ...

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.

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