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ANC in Gauteng urges Zuma to ‘reflect deeply’ & ‘do the right thing’

The ANC’s Gauteng PEC issued a statement saying it’s noted and accepted the president’s apology.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has called on President Jacob Zuma to reflect deeply and do the right thing in order to resolve what it has described as an unprecedented crisis facing the ruling party.

A short while ago, the ANC's Gauteng PEC issued a statement saying it's noted and accepted the president's apology but believes this is it just the beginning.

The PEC also goes on to say that much political damage and mistrust has been caused by the mismanagement around the issue of the president's Nkandla home.

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The PEC held a special meeting yesterday.

The ANC in Gauteng says it believes that the ruling party already paid a price during the 2014 elections, due to among others, the anger of surrounding Nkandla.

It says the party has to undertake a deep introspection and take far-reaching decisions that will repair the damage to its image and restore the confidence of the people.

The PEC welcomed the decision by the National Working Committee (NWC) for a broader consultation and engagement on its decision within ANC constitutional structures, the alliance and various sectors of society.

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The provincial party say it will coordinate a programme to consult widely among ANC structures, especially branch members.

During these meetings, it says it will report about the decision of the NWC and seek the views of its members and a broad cross section of society.

The ANC in Gauteng says the ruling party has undertaken a deep introspection.

It says while it has accepted the president's apology following the court judgment on Nkandla, much more needs to be done.

Provincial Secretary Hope Papo said, "The apology is just the beginning of dealing with the political damage and the mistrust caused by the mismanagement of Nkandla matter."

Papo says Zuma should reflect deeply and repair the damage caused by the debacle surrounding his homestead.

"Comrade Jacob Zuma should reflect deeply and do the right thing to resolve what it has described as an unprecedented crisis that the ANC currently faces."

The provincial committee says it has never taken the support of the people for granted, saying the party was founded to defend and advance the rights of citizens.

'CONCOURT RULING HAS SPARKED WIDESPREAD OUTRAGE'

Yesterday, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla sparked widespread calls for the party to act against President Zuma because the people were losing confidence in the ANC.

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Mantashe admitted that different sectors of society trusted the ANC less and less, and said the real issue wasn't about Zuma.

He spoke during the 23rd commemoration of the assassination of liberation struggle hero Chris Hani, who was killed by Polish national Janusz Walus in 1993.

ANC branches and veterans as well as religious groups have called on Zuma to step down while opposition parties and civil society are organising mass marches.

Recently, activists from across Africa joined the growing call for Zuma to step down, while the _New York Times _ published an editorial saying that his violation of the Constitution should have been the last straw in a string of scandals.

Mantashe said the outrage following the judgment on Nkandla reflected how people have trusted the ANC in the past.

"Formations in society and people in society are beginning to reduce their confidence and trust in us. How do we reinstate trust and confidence to our people, to the ANC? It's not about Zuma, it's about the ANC."

He said the ruling party hoped to win back the trust through its consultations with different sectors of society.

"Let's go back to our regions, we'll start there this week and talk to our regions and we're meeting sectors of society."

Mantashe said the ANC's lower structures and alliance partners would be consulted about the implications of the judgment this week.

Additional reporting by Govan Whittles.