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'President Zuma isn't going anywhere'

Political analysts say the decisions by the ANC’s NEC suggest that very little is going to change.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Political analysts say the decision of the African National Congress's (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) to take collective responsibility for the results of the local government election suggest that President Jacob Zuma is safe in his positions as party leader and president.

This morning, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said no one had brought up asking President Zuma to step down during the NEC meeting which finished yesterday.

The elections saw the ANC losing outright control of four metros, including all three in Gauteng.

The ANC's NEC says the party needs to work at countering perceptions its leaders are corrupt to work harder at implementing the National Development Plan and implement major changes at state owned entities like the SABC and SAA.

But University of Pretoria professor Tinyiko Maluleke says he's heard it all before.

"I have nothing in my recent experience or in my hands to suggest that something different will be done this time, so I will live in hope and look forward to actual action being taken by the ANC."

Last night, NEC member and former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni said that he was 'very sad' because the ANC had thrown away its noble values so quickly.

He wasn't at the NEC meeting.

Political analysts also say the decisions by the ANC's NEC suggest that very little is going to change in the party despite its showing in the local government election results.

Last night, Mboweni tweeted he was considering retiring from politics.

How easily, within such a short space of time,we have thrown away our noble values.So sad.Very sad.I am considering retiring from politics.



Ok, before we set the house on fire. I said that "I AM CONSIDERING retiring from politics". I did not say that "I AM RETIRING from politics"

Meanwhile, Maluleke says yesterday's statement by the NEC has a particular meaning.

"I have a sense what that statement actually means is that President Zuma is going nowhere. That is the real meaning of that statement."

He also says while the NEC may promise major changes at state owned entities, he has no reason to believe those changes this time around.

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