Zuma asked ANC to tell him if they want him to step down - report

2016-03-22 21:15
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma told members of the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) at the weekend that if they wanted him to step down they should tell him, the Mail & Guardian reported on Tuesday.

An NEC member told the publication that Zuma had said they should tell him directly rather than stab him in the back.

Two more NEC members reportedly said Zuma had told the meeting he was aware there were senior party members who wanted him removed.

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 NEC member told the publication.

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, News24 reported.

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.

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