Will ANC NEC show Jacob Zuma the door?
The NEC is still locked in talks believed to be around Zuma’s fate after Derek Hanekom tabled a motion of no confidence against him.
PRETORIA – The African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) is still locked in talks, which are believed to be around the future of President Jacob Zuma.
In a dramatic move on Saturday, tourism minister Derek Hanekom tabled a motion of no confidence against Zuma.
It’s unclear whether that motion has been put to the vote.
There’s tight security outside the St Georges hotel where the ANC’s NEC has been locked in talks for most of the day.
This is the first time Zuma’s position has been questioned by NEC members.
While civil society groups and some party stalwarts have called for Zuma to be recalled, the topic has never been raised at this level before.
The outcome of Sunday's meeting and whether Zuma continues his term is yet to be know.
While labour federation Congress for South African Trade Unions has thrown its weight behind Cyril Ramaphosa as Zuma's successor, the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the party has resolved not to open the succession debate yet.
“On the succession, we have agreed that we must go to the regions and talk principles first”, he said.
STALWARTS RAISE CONCERNS OVER THE PARTY’S FUTURE
On Friday, ANC veterans met with the party’s national working committee (NWC) for the second time in one week.
The stalwarts had requested a meeting with President Jacob Zuma on the direction the ruling party is taking, especially under his leadership.
The ANC says it views the issues raised by the veterans very seriously, especially on the health and strength of the movement.
On Saturday, Mantashe said the NEC agreed that two days of the party’s policy conference in 2017 will be set aside to look at the issues raised by the stalwarts.
(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)