Mkhize: Zuma no confidence vote a serious issue for ANC

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize says that any action against the party's MPs who voted against President Jacob Zuma needs to be managed very carefully.

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has told Eyewitness News that what happened during last week's no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma was unthinkable and that any action against ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) needs to be carefully considered.

On Tuesday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said that the party wouldn't go on a witch hunt to find out who voted against Zuma, but those who've owned up in public to voting against Zuma would face disciplinary action.

Last week, at least 20 ANC MPs voted against Zuma, while others abstained.

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Mkhize says what happened last week is a serious issue for the ANC.

“My concern has been with the number of people who got involved, with some people becoming vocal about this matter. It has actually exposed the different opinions within the party.”

He says any action against these ANC MPs needs to be managed very carefully.

“We need an approach that can open up the issues so that we know people’s feelings and what’s happening.”

Mkhize also says that it may be impossible to find out who did vote against Zuma.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)