ANC NEC must be honourable and recall Zuma – Maimane

2016-03-19 15:53
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Johannesburg – Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, has asked the ANC NEC to do the "honourable" thing and recall President Jacob Zuma.

He said Zuma should be recalled following this week’s "explosive revelations" by senior ANC members pertaining to Zuma’s "dubious" relationship with the Gupta family.

Maimane said the ANC could not continue to protect Zuma at the expense of the poor and the jobless and that “South Africa deserves better".

He claimed it was "clear" that Zuma had been captured by the Gupta family.

“Their President has been captured by the Guptas, and he in turn has captured the state... The ANC are now faced with a choice.

"They can affirm and support such disgraceful action by Zuma, or they can take action and recall him from his position, putting to an end his disastrous seven-year reign.” 

Closed meetings

The ANC NEC will be in closed meetings this weekend.

On Friday, ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, said the issue of the Guptas and state capture was not on the agenda but would be addressed if it rose from the floor.

Earlier this week, the former chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Vytjie Mentor, publicly revealed that she was offered the job of minister of public enterprises by the Guptas on one condition: that she “drop the SAA flight-route to India and give to them”.

Mentor further alleged that Zuma was on the Gupta's Saxonwold premises at the time, in a room next door.

This revelation was followed on Wednesday by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas' confirmation that the Guptas offered the position of finance minister before Nhlanhla Nene was removed on 9/12.

The Gupta family have denied the allegations.

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