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Zuma breaks silence on rogue ANC MPs

This is the first time President Jacob Zuma has spoken about how he believes MPs who voted against him should be dealt with.

President Jacob Zuma went on a walkabout at the ANC national policy conference at Nasrec on 3 July 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma says African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) who voted with the opposition in a bid to unseat him should be disciplined.

This is the first time that Zuma has spoken about how he believes MPs who voted against him should be dealt with.

He survived last week’s secret ballot by 21 votes after 198 MPs voted in favour of him and 177 in opposition.

Meanwhile, former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says it remains to be seen whether honest people can advance in the ANC after the majority of the party's MPs rallied around Zuma during the motion.

Gordhan spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of the Absa Jewish Achiever awards in Midrand last night where he was honoured with the Chivas Humanitarian Award.

“So the real question is who has been breaking the principles and objectives and the provisions of the ANC Constitution?”

Gordhan says that the ANC shouldn’t worry itself over who crossed party lines and voted with opposition parties to unseat the president.

“People whose names are featured in leaked emails and so on, today point their fingers at others who are trying to do their best to ensure that South Africa moves along the right way.”

The former Finance Minister says that his objective, as well as other members who uphold the Constitution, is to continue to provide hope for the people of South Africa.

He says that what’s important right now, is whether and how the ANC will resolve the party’s differences before its elective conference in December.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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