Mthembu confident ANC MPs will hold party line in vote

Mthembu spoke to Eyewitness News after the party’s Member of Parliament (MPs) met behind closed doors for a caucus meeting ahead of the crucial vote.

FILE: ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu and Deputy Minister of Telecommunications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams at a communications briefing at the ANC national policy conference on 5 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says he’s confident his caucus will hold the line against today’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Mthembu spoke to Eyewitness News after the party’s Member of Parliament (MPs) met behind closed doors for a caucus meeting ahead of the crucial vote.

He says while Zuma was present at the meeting, he did not address MPs.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe did, however, brief the meeting.

Mthembu says while one or two ANC MPs may break ranks, he’s certain Tuesday’s vote will not go the opposition’s way.

“The briefing by the secretary-general which ended with the party line that we’re voting against this motion was again for the umpteenth time, accepted by caucus and all of us, without any dissent.”

The ANC’s line is that it will not vote in support of an opposition motion that seeks to bring down its party leader and the president of the country and collapse his executive.

“No party in its good mind will do so, so we are all in agreement.”

The sitting starts at 2pm.