Nelson Mandela Foundation calls for urgent meeting with ANC

The call for the meeting comes amid growing calls from inside and outside the ANC for Jacob Zuma to resign.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation has requested an urgent meeting with the African National Congress (ANC) amid growing calls from inside and outside the party for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

ANC struggle stalwarts like Ahmed Kathrada, Mavuso Msimang and Trevor Manuel have since called on the president to resign following the Nkandla Constitutional Court ruling.

Zuma has been under pressure to step down after the ConCourt found he had failed to uphold and defend the Constitution.

Yesterday, religious leaders also met with the ANC's top leaders and asked him to resign.

The foundation's Sello Hatang says they have met with the ruling party before and is now requesting a follow up meeting.

"To talk about the current discontent and to try and find a way where the foundation can play a role in finding a solution to the problems that are there."

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Meanwhile, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has offered his full support and backing to Zuma.

The minister was speaking at Sascoc house in Johannesburg this afternoon as the build up to the Rio 2016 Olympics continues.

Mbalula believes the matter of Zuma's Nkandla homestead upgrades is closed.

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The minister offered his full support to the president.

Mbalula also believes the court has brought absolute clarity on the powers of the Public Protector and he says the issue has been resolved.

"This court has brought absolute clarity on the question of what needs to happen on the question of Nkandla in relation to payment or non-payment of the non-essential security upgrades."

The ANC has committed to meeting the party's stalwarts to discuss the way forward.