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Zikalala: ANC NEC must recall Zuma in wake of SCA ruling

Newly elected ANC Veterans League president Snuki Zikalala has warned the ANC leadership that it will be held responsible should it fail to take action when needed.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma addresses the ANC national policy conference at Nasrec on 30 June 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Veterans League president Snuki Zikalala says that the party’s national executive committee (NEC) must recall President Jacob Zuma in the wake of the recent Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) ruling against Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Zikalala spoke to Eyewitness News on Monday following his election as the veterans’ league president.

The Supreme Court of Appeal confirmed last week that the decision to withdraw criminal charges against Zuma in 2009 was irrational.

While delivering his address at the veterans’ league congress at the weekend that ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe asked the veterans to advise the party on how to deal with the SCA ruling.

But Zikalala says that the NEC must not run away from its responsibilities of dealing with the president.

“They’re the ones to make the decision and decide what do. If they decide that the president must step down so that he faces the charges, that’s not our part, he must do that.”

Zikalala has warned the ANC leadership that it will be held responsible should it fail to take action when needed.

'NO SMALLANYANA SKELETONS'

Meanwhile, Zikalala said while the league decided not to endorse any presidential candidate, they want a leader that is beyond reproach and free of “smallanyana skeletons”.

Zikalala believes that the ANC should be part of the consultative conference due to take place next month organised by the party’s stalwarts.

He believes that there are hard questions that the party needs to ask itself.

“What went wrong? Why did we fail society in implementing our mandate?”

On the party’s elective conference later this year, Zikalala made it clear what kind of a leader the veterans will support.

“Any leader of the ANC must be beyond reproach. Any leader of the ANC must be ethical and must not have what we call ‘smallanyana skeletons.’”

He said that the leader must be someone society at large will have confidence in.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)