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Hands off our president - KZN South Coast ANC branch

By Faeza
07 April 2016

Battle lines have been drawn, with more ANC branches declaring that they are for or against President Jacob Zuma.

While the Sefako Makgatho branch in Johannesburg has made it clear that it is against Zuma and called for his resignation, in KwaZulu-Natal, the Lower South Coast region has joined the ANC Youth League in the province in a "Hands off our President" campaign.

Lower South Coast region’s Louisiana branch treasurer, Tom Madlala, said "genuine" branches of the ANC supported the top six and National Working Committee’s decision to defend Zuma.

"We understand that the higher structures of the movement are still coming to communicate the constitutional court decision with the lower structures," he said.

"As ANC members we will defend our president… he has always been under attack long before 2005, with the intention to discredit him as a person by those anti-majoritarian forces and those who strongly believe in tribalism."

He said branches had convened meetings and resolved to accept Zuma’s apology, but some members, who claimed to be members of the ANC, had been seen marching against the decision.

"There are no agents in the ANC, all of us belong to the structure of the movement.

"We are going to mobilise our members to defend our country from those opportunistic forces who hate president Zuma."

Madlala said the party should be allowed to govern the country without any interference.

"There are people who are pushing an imperialist agenda. We want to tell them, 'Hands off our President'."

The ANCYL was expected to hold a special provincial executive committee meeting on Friday to discuss and deal with the Constitutional Court judgment, which found that Zuma and the National Assembly acted against the Constitution when they chose to set aside Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report.

Zuma has since apologised to the nation for the manner in which the matter was handled.

There have been growing calls for Zuma to step down.

On Wednesday prominent members of civil society demanded that Zuma resign. They included former deputy secretary general of the ANC Cheryl Carolus, ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, former Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob, Anglican Bishop Joe Seoka, and former ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola.