ANC welcomes Zuma's 'humbling' apology - As it happened

2016-04-01 18:33

President Jacob Zuma addresses the nation on his response to the Constitutional Court Judgment on the security upgrades at his Nkandla residence.

IN SUMMARY - President Jacob Zuma began addressing the nation soon after 19:00. He said he accepted and respected the ConCourt's ruling and that he would pay back the money Treasury believes he owes for the non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home.

- Zuma apologised on behalf of himself and that of government for the Nkandla saga. He said he didn't knowingly flout the Constitution.

- After 20:00, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe began a media briefing. He said the party accepts Zuma's apology and welcomes his humility.

- Mantashe said the party will not "tear itself apart"by recalling Zuma.

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01 Apr 21:21
Mantashe walks away from the podium. That's that.

01 Apr 21:20

01 Apr 21:18
Mantashe: You should take responsibility for leadership. For things you know and you do not know.

01 Apr 21:10
If you so desire, read Zuma's full statement here.

01 Apr 21:09
Mantashe: Zuma is not above the ANC. He is the leader of the ANC.

01 Apr 21:08
Mantashe says if ANC loses votes, will lose it as a collective, with Zuma as part of it. Can't blame one of the collective.

01 Apr 21:03
Mantashe won't be addressing the Gupta matter as this meeting isn't about that, he says.

01 Apr 21:02
Mantashe says Cabinet reshuffles are not made in the streets - otherwise ministers would be very vulnerable.

01 Apr 21:02
Mantashe: Mobilisation of people in support of your views is what should happen in normal society. That’s not a call for uprising.

01 Apr 20:59

01 Apr 20:53
Wow, a rather bold question from one reporter: Do you (the ANC) have full confidence in Zuma's ability to understand the Constitution?

01 Apr 20:51
President Jacob Zuma will leave office but on the ANC's terms after a defeat of impeachment vote and after local elections, said emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto.

01 Apr 20:49
Mantashe: we are not a party of saints, we are a party of human beings. From time to time they will commit mistakes.

01 Apr 20:46
Mantashe says the ANC wasn't party to the Nkandla case - they will apologise if asked, but they were not part of it.

01 Apr 20:46
Mantashe: ConCourt found 2 arms of state acted in a manner inconsistent with Constitution. Less than declaratory order sought.

01 Apr 20:44
Emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto tells us: The ANC backing Zuma and trying to spin the ConCourt judgment as less bad than people think will disappoint markets. The set up of the extended NEC meeting also seems to make short term recall very unlikely next week and markets again will be disappointed and the rand should weaken.

01 Apr 20:42
The ANC is the most democratic party in the country - Mantashe

01 Apr 20:38
Mantashe: We're a constitutional democracy, not based on who shouts loudest. To dissolve parliament, there are processes.

01 Apr 20:34
The SG is now taking more questions from journalists.

01 Apr 20:28
Mantashe: What finding will lead to Zuma resignation? I think this is a strange question.

01 Apr 20:27
The President apologised to the nation on behalf of himself and government We are comfortable" with the apology - Mantashe

01 Apr 20:26

01 Apr 20:24
The rand losing further ground against the greenback, now trading at R14.72 from R14.60 on speculation that President Jacob Zuma would resign, Fin24 reports.

01 Apr 20:22
Mantashe admits that acting against Zuma would tear the ANC apart. Now they are caught between a rock a a hard place by keeping him on, analyst David Silke has tweeted.

01 Apr 20:21
One journalist basically just asked what the ConCourt will have to do find the president responsible for for the ANC to recall him.

01 Apr 20:18
Mantashe says there was unanimity by the top 6 in what course of action to take.

01 Apr 20:16
Mantashe: ANC has responsibility to confront current political environment.

01 Apr 20:14
This is a victory for our young democracy - Mantashe

01 Apr 20:14
We will engage any sectors that want to engage us. We will have an extended NWC on Monday - Mantashe

01 Apr 20:13
Mantashe: Judgement does not give rise to disproportionate reaction by opposition parties or call for impeachment.

01 Apr 20:12
We are not surprised by the opposition calling for an impeachment. We welcome the clarity given on a number of issues. We are not going to play to the gallery, we will not do what will make the opposition happy. - Mantashe

01 Apr 20:09
ANC welcomes president humbling himself and apologising to the nation.

01 Apr 20:09
There was no intention on Zuma's part, as he himself has said, to flout the law, assures Mantashe.

01 Apr 20:08
Zuma has assured the ANC that he will adhere to the judgment and its 11 orders.

01 Apr 20:07
All members of the ANC's top six were present for the meeting, says Mantashe.

01 Apr 20:03
ANC SG Gwede Mantashe has arrived for the briefing, says News24's reporter at Luthuli House.

01 Apr 19:55
Themba Maseko's thoughts...

01 Apr 19:44
The ANC is due to address the nation from 20:00.

01 Apr 19:43

01 Apr 19:40

01 Apr 19:33
And with that, he walks away from the podium.

01 Apr 19:32
It all happened in good faith, there was no deliberate effort to subvert the Constitution. The judgment has helped me and my colleagues to reflect deeply on the entire matter. With hindsight there are many matters that could have been handled differently and that should never have been allowed to drag on this long. The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion. I apologise on my behalf and that of government. - Zuma

01 Apr 19:30
Zuma: I issued a proclamation in 2013 to investigate irregularities in procurement of goods &services by family, friends, contractors in Nkandla.

01 Apr 19:29
Zuma: Government is improving procurement measures to prevent (such mistakes) in future..

01 Apr 19:28
There are lessons to be learned here for all in government - Zuma

01 Apr 19:28

01 Apr 19:27
I did not act dishonestly, insists the president. The intention was not in pursuit of corrupt ends or to unduly benefit.

01 Apr 19:26
The rand has strengthened to R14.60 to the US dollar on speculation that President Jacob Zuma would announce his resignation.

01 Apr 19:24
I never knowingly set out to violate the Constitution - Zuma

01 Apr 19:24
I allowed the National Assembly to go through its process in examining the report - Zuma

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