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ANC: Zuma dismissal more complex than most think

The party’s national working committee has resolved to convene a special NEC meeting to discuss President Zuma’s fate on the eve of the State of The Nation Address.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) says that moves to remove President Jacob Zuma are nuanced.

The party’s Khusela Diko says despite mounting pressure for the party to move against Zuma, it’s more complex than most think.

“There’s no agenda item called ‘Dismiss Jacob Zuma’… it’s a lot more nuanced than that and that’s what the ANC is dealing with.”

The party’s national working committee (NWC), which met on Monday, has resolved to convene a special NEC meeting to discuss Zuma’s fate on the eve of the State of The Nation Address (Sona).

This comes after the party’s top six leaders failed to convince him to step down.

Political analyst Prince Mashele says the ANC has never been so divided.

“We’re a lost country. We’re governed by a lost ruling party. It’s unprecedented that an emergency NEC is held a day before Sona.”

LISTEN: President Zuma’s fate now lies with ANC NEC

Meanwhile, The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) believes the next motion of no confidence in President Zuma will definitely succeed if it goes to a vote.

The party has welcomed National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s decision to allow for another motion of no confidence debate but it’s pushing for it to happen before Sona.

Mbete announced that the motion is scheduled for debate on 22 February.

Zuma hopes to survive the motion once again if the ANC fails to convince him to step down before then.

The last time Zuma’s future was debated in Parliament, at least 25 ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) voted with the opposition.

The EFF seems to believe that, given the outcome of the ANC’s elective conference, it’s possible that even more of the governing party’s MPs will vote to oust the president this time.

Additional reporting by Clement Manyathela.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)