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ANC KZN comes out in defence of troubled Zuma

The backlash comes after Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom tabled a motion of no confidence in the president.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

PRETORIA – It seems as if a backlash against those who called for President Jacob Zuma to stand down has begun with the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) condemning the party’s national executive committee (NEC) members that have raised a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma, saying they are out of order.

The NEC meeting is currently sitting at an extended meeting the St George’s Hotel in Centurion where Zuma’s fate is likely being discussed.

This is after Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom tabled a motion of no confidence against the president.

The KZN ANC was the first to come up in support of President Zuma after the Nkandla Constitutional Court judgement, and have even gone as far as calling on people to donate money for the president after the National Treasury indicated how much he must pay for non-security features at Nkandla.

Now they say those tabling a motion of no confidence against the president are out of order.

KZN spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says: “It doesn’t sound logical that NEC members can go around canvassing for the president to be removed while they were elected together by the conference of the ANC.”

He says NEC members were never given the mandate to table this motion by ANC structures.

Earlier the presidential motorcade was seen leaving the hotel.

Zuma has left the NEC gathering in Irene to meet with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

ANALYSIS: DELAYS, EXTENSION A SIGN OF DEEP DIVISIONS

The length of this meeting is an indication of how highly contested the ANC is and how deep its divisions run.

The stakes are incredibly high as President Jacob Zuma is fighting for his political life – and could feel that if he loses the presidency – he may also face legal action in the future.

But the people who have said in this meeting that he should step down are also fighting for their jobs – if they lose this vote, Zuma could be able to take action against them and reshuffle his Cabinet.

It’s also not known at this stage if Zuma would resign as president if the NEC asked him to.

That means that those pushing for him to go are also risking a major political crisis.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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