‘Accepting Zuma’s apology a step towards doing Nkandla damage control’

Provincial ANC structures have been discussing the historic ConCourt judgment amid calls for Zuma to resign.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga has accepted President Jacob Zuma's apology for the frustration and confusion caused by the Nkandla spending fiasco.

Provincial ANC structures have been discussing the historic Constitutional Court judgment amid calls from within and outside the party for Zuma to resign.

Last month, the court ruled the president did not uphold, defend and respect the constitution when he failed to comply with the public protector's Nkandla report.

In 2014, Thuli Madonsela directed Zuma to repay a portion of the money spent on upgrading his private home. She said Treasury and the South African Police Service (Saps) should determine how much.

The ANC in Gauteng says it accepts Zuma's apology, but that this is only the first step towards managing the damage caused by the Nkandla debacle.

The provincial executive committee has called on Zuma to do the right thing to resolve the crisis that the party now faces. But it has stopped short of asking him to step aside.

Meanwhile, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, a Zuma stronghold, has rallied behind him.

It has rejected calls for the president to step down.

At the same time Zuma ally, David Mabuza, the chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga, has reportedly suggested that if the president doesn't have the money, members of the party could be approached to help him repay.

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To read the full statement by the ANC on Nkandla judgment, click here.