ZUMA’S FATE IN THE HANDS OF THE NEC
*Caption: President Jacob Zuma during his question and answer session in Parliament, CapeTown. (Photo cred – The Daily Maverick)
Written by: Sihle Makhowana
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC has been locked in a meeting that took three days to decide on President Jacob Zuma’s future as the country’s leader.
The long stand meeting was reportedly initiated by a motion tabled by Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom on Saturday during the NEC meeting. Hanekom has been supported by Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, and other NEC members outside of the Zuma bloc who have been silently lobbying for the president’s exit.
President Zuma has on many occasions allegedly brought the name of the ANC into disrepute and has had a great deal of public scrutiny following the curtain raise on his relationship with the controversial Gupta family in the recent state of capture report by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
Political Analyst Prince Mashele said that the ANC is a divided party and is a party devoid of trust, the ANC cannot be trusted by South Africans generally and the party members themselves.
“We are dealing with an abnormal country governed by an abnormal party so we must not be surprised when we absord abnormal behaviour,” said Mashele.
“Whether he survives or not, he will be a very weak President. He can’t reshuffle the Cabinet,” added Mashele.
The ANC said that it will only brief the media about the outcome of the meeting on Tuesday afternoon at the Chief Albert Luthuli House.
Numerous civil society organisation such as Save South Africa, workers unions such as Numsa and Nehawu, ANC stalwarts from the likes of Ahmed Kathrada have all expressed their disapproval of Zuma’s leadership and urged him to step down following the constitutional judgement on Nkandla and the recent state of capture report.
The NEC has previously backed Zuma despite the Nkandla saga and recent elections dip which saw the ANC record its lowest voting support countrywide and loosing major municipalities.