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ANC branches reaffirm decision to accept Zuma’s apology over Nkandla

Over the weekend, the party held its national candidate list conference in Pretoria.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says its branches have re-affirmed their decision to accept President Jacob Zuma's apology over the Nkandla scandal.

The Constitutional Court found that the president failed to uphold his oath of office when he ignored the Public Protector's report into spending at his private homestead.

Shortly after the ruling, the president apologised for the frustration and confusion around Nkandla.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the decision to accept the president's apology was taken by all branches.

" Overwhelmingly, the branches of the ANC confirmed the decision of the NWC not to recall the president. Branches emphasised the importance of unity of the movement in accepting the apology of the president, must contribute to the unity of the movement."

He says only one ANC member submitted a written letter on allegations of state capture.

" Following the call by the ANC for comrades to provide any information about alleged business influence on the state, a number of comrades - eight to be exact, came forward to engage with the office of the secretary general. It was unfortunate that only one of them could make a written submission on the matter."

Mantashe says the party has noted the need to find ways of addressing its own mistakes.

"We should devise a formula of dealing with the mistakes that we are committing. Sometimes we commit mistakes ourselves."

Mantashe says the ANC supports the ruling made by the Constitutional Court and has called on state institutions to implement the necessary measures.

Over the weekend, the party held its national candidate list conference in Pretoria.

The outcomes of that conference have since been handed over to the party's National Executive Committee.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

At the same time, Mantashe says the party is happy with the levels of participation in the selection of candidates ahead of the municipal elections.

It says the process of selecting candidates to represent it in this year's municipal elections has been transparent.

The party has set quotas for its list, which dictate that at least 50 percent of candidates must be women and 20 percent young people under the age of 35.

Mantashe says the ANC has largely met these targets.

While the names of the candidates are yet to be released, they will be handed over to the Independent Electoral Commission this week for verification.

Within the next two weeks, the ANC will also be announcing the names of its mayoral candidates.

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