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Zuma offered to resign: report

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma told members of the ANC’s national executive committee at the weekend that if they wanted him to step down they should tell him, the Mail & Guardian said on Tuesday.

“He told us we should tell him directly if we wanted him to step down, rather than to stab him in the back,” an NEC member reportedly told the publication.

According to two more NEC members, Zuma had allegedly told those at the meeting that he was aware that there were members in the party’s top structure who wanted him out.

Despite this, the NEC had decided not to recall Zuma and presented a united front to the media and the rest of South Africa.

The main reason for this decision was because recalling Zuma would have had a negative impact on the party ahead of its upcoming local government elections, the member told the publication.

“Imagine what that could have done to the image of the ANC? It would have been irresponsible of us if we did that,” the NEC member reportedly said.

The ANC’s NEC held its meeting at St George’s Hotel in Irene, just outside Pretoria, at the end of a tense week in which Zuma’s relationship with the Gupta family was thrust into the spotlight.

Revelations by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and former MP Vytjie Mentor that they had been offered cabinet positions by the Guptas at the family’s home in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, led to the public and some party members calling on the NEC to take action.

On Sunday, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters at a briefing that the NEC had instructed officials and the national working committee to gather all pertinent information about the allegations.

According to the Mail & Guardian, a faction aligned to Mantashe was happy that it had managed to win key discussions within the NEC which included the matter relating to state capture by the Gupta family.

A faction supporting Zuma had not wanted the Guptas to be discussed nor the ANC’s decision about the family to be included in the statement released by Mantashe on Sunday night, the publication said.

News24

5 Comments

  1. ‘He was aware there were members in the party’s top structure who wanted him out”
    Really? Wake up Mr. Klownshoes, about 95% of the entire bloody population want you OUT! They are the people who count, not your drone buddies who desperately want to hang on to their ill gotten Gravy Train first class seats after the next elections.
    Now go to the stationery cabinet then find one of your more literate ANC friends at the NEC to fill out a form in there headed RESIGNATION….. asap.
    Before the ratings agencies downgrade the rest of us 50m innocent by-standers to NEANDERTHAL status!!

  2. Perhaps it’s better he stays for now, the backlash at the polls is more likely & hopefully will lead to the recovery & rebuilding of S.A. Let us all pull together for that vibrant & prosperous country Mr Mandela envisaged for us..

  3. I think they really got this wrong. It would have been more positive for the ANC at the polls if they took this decisive action. This will really hurt them on election day.

  4. In plain language that should read: “lets keep him in the top job, so we can carry on enriching ourselves at the expense of the country.”

  5. Agree, the ANC NEC got it totally wrong.It would have been better for the ANC and the country when Zuma would resign immediately.
    Not that I support the ruling party, and still hope they will not suffer a backlash at the polls ASAP. Zuma and the ANC should be sidelined. The ANC could have sorted itself out ages ago, if it really wanted.