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Children of ANC veterans call for special congress

In the letter signatories say they're deeply concerned about loyalty to individuals at the expense of the ANC.

FILE. At least 40 signatories say they're deeply concerned about loyalty to individuals at the expense of the ANC. Picture: www.anclive.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - The children of African National Congress (ANC) leaders and veterans, who grew up in the party during the 1980s, have written to the party's National Executive Committee (NEC), calling for a Special National Congress.

In the letter, published on the _ Business Day_ website, the 42 signatories say they are writing to express, on the record, their deep concern about loyalty to individuals at the expense of the integrity and moral standing of the ANC.

The group, which includes relatives of Walter Sisulu and Umkhonto we Sizwe veteran Mavuso Msimang, say they are specifically outraged by the ruling party's response to the Constitutional Court judgment against President Jacob Zuma, saying it's not capable of being misinterpreted.

They say the ANC leadership and Zuma's response have fundamentally undermined the moral integrity of the party.

The highest court in the land last week found that the president had violated the Constitution by ignoring the Public Protector's remedial action in connection with non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

Meanwhile, Human Rights lawyer George Bizos has joined a chorus of high-profile South Africans who have called on Zuma to resign.

Civil society organisations, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, former Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob and others are calling on Zuma to resign following last week's landmark judgment.

Bizos says Zuma should resign for the way he handled the Nkandla saga.

"It reminds me of the doctor who apologised for not rendering proper attention to the late Steve Biko."

He says Zuma may have a small gap to rely on in terms of how he handled the Nkandla saga, based on him receiving bad advice - but this does not absolve him.

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.