Gauteng ANC calls for introspection as party faces an ‘unprecedented crisis’

The party has called for introspection as it faces a crisis in the wake of the ConCourt judgment on Nkandla.

FILE. Gauteng ANC Provincial Chairperson Paul Mashatile during a voter registration campaign at TUT at the weekend. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng's leadership has called for introspection, as the party faces what it describes as an unprecedented crisis in the wake of the historic Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla.

The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) says President Jacob Zuma must do the right thing to resolve the crisis, but it's stopped short of telling him to resign.

Last month, the country's highest court found Zuma did not uphold, defend and respect the Constitution by failing to comply with the Public Protector's Nkandla report.

The ANC's Hope Papo says it's important for the province to address the issues facing the party head-on, especially those surrounding Zuma's homestead.

"Branch executive committees and branch general meetings must be convened to deliberate on that report and give feedback."

Papo says during the party's special provincial meeting this week, members made various proposals about the course of action Zuma should follow, including stepping down as the country's president.

"One of them, for example, is that when there are difficulties which face an organisation, the head normally takes action and responsibility."

The ANC in Gauteng says the national body must undertake a deeper introspection with far reaching decisions that will repair the damage caused by the Nkandla debacle.

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The Gauteng ANC says it's not being factional or insulting Zuma, but instead has a different view from other ANC branches.

Papo says, "There were issues around whether this matter has got ethical and integrity issues, and they must be explored."

He says all its structures, alliance partners and various sectors of society must reflect on the decision by the National Working Committee regarding the Nkandla matter.

He says it's important for the ruling party to deal with the unprecedented crisis facing the party once and for all.