President Zuma tells ANC's integrity commission he will not step down

A report says Zuma turned down the commission's request to resign saying he's aware of some western governments' plans to take control of the ANC and SA.

Pres Jacob Zuma makes his address at the final plenary on 5 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – It’s emerged that President Jacob Zuma was reportedly asked to step down by the ANC's integrity commission but refused to do so, saying only he can protect the party from being captured by the west.

The _City Press _newspaper is reporting that Zuma turned down the commission's request to resign saying he is aware of some western governments' plans to oust him and take control of the ANC and the country.

The details are contained in a report - obtained by the newspaper - addressed to secretary general Gwede Mantashe following meetings between Zuma and the commission held in December and April.

According to the newspaper, the president told the commission that resigning would be a betrayal of the people and the revolution.

He allegedly claimed that during his time as head of the ANC's intelligence department, he had been made aware of plots to get rid of him and threats to his security.

He also told the commission the issues plaguing the ANC cannot be solely blamed on him as he inherited divisions in the party which existed during Thabo Mbeki's tenure as president.

This explanation is believed to have been rejected by the commission which said the president's remarks made light of the problems facing the ruling party.

Meanwhile, Zuma is set to face yet another motion of no confidence in Parliament next month.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)