Zuma’s fitness to hold office to be debated at ANC’s NEC meeting

The ruling party has been holding one of its most difficult NEC meetings in Pretoria.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting is expected to continue on Monday where President Jacob Zuma’s fitness to hold office will be debated.

The ANC has been holding one of its most difficult NEC meetings in Pretoria, and the decision was taken to extend it.

In a dramatic move, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom tabled a motion of no confidence against Zuma on Saturday.

It appears calls for Zuma to resign have spread to the highest decision making body of the ANC.

Last week, concerned citizens under the banner Save South Africa launched a people’s motion of no confidence against Zuma, saying the campaign stands against state capture, corruption and the use of state institutions for personal interests.

Convener of the campaign Sipho Pityna says the latest development in the NEC is long overdue.

“If the NEC came out with a decision that Zuma should continue to lead, the ANC is going to have to come back and discuss the fact that Zuma is a president that is not wanted by the vast majority of South Africans and therefore is not wanted by the ANC as well.”

The ANC says it will announce the outcome of the meeting in due course.

STALWARTS RAISE CONCERNS

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 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, ANC Secretary General Gwede 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 Leeto M Khoza)