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ANC mulls whether Zuma recall will benefit party structures

Gwede Mantashe says the ANC is looking at options on how it can regain voter confidence.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma at an ANC rally. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the governing party is considering whether recalling President Jacob Zuma will benefit the structures of the organisation.

Mantashe says the National Executive Committee (NEC) is looking at several suggestions made by members of the party, on how it can regain voter confidence, including the removal of Zuma.

The party saw a drop in voter support in the local government elections, which led to it losing several key metros, including Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Mantashe says the party is also considering a proposal to move its elective conference closer, to allow leaders to prepare for 2019.

"Allow the ANC some time for discussion on what steps to discuss. The fact that the ANC have made it public about this genitive narratives must actually instill hope that the ANC is keen to do something about any of things diagnosed."

Meanwhile, Mantashe said the negative narrative around Zuma affected the party at the polls.

He said while the party's support decreased, opposition parties must also be aware that they did not win the metros outright.

The ANC secretary general said among the issues found in the ANC's analysis of the election results was the negative perception surrounding Nkandla.

"You can't separate the president of an organisation from his organisation; so any negative narrative around the president will actually hurt the organisation. We acknowledge that."

But he said the entire leadership must take responsibility.

"I can tell you that if you say, because of these results, I must resign I will go to Zizi [Kodwa] and say, 'why are you remaining behind', because we are in the same collective and we work together. If we made blunders, we made them together."

Mantashe admitted that every negative perception including Nkandla did hurt the ANC at the polls.

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