Allow Zuma to finish his term - Gauteng ANC leagues

2016-04-13 16:43
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2016-04-13 15:41

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Johannesburg - Accept President Jacob Zuma's apology and let him finish his term of office, the ANC Gauteng's Youth, Women's and Veterans' leagues said on Wednesday.

"The right decision as per ANC Gauteng resolution is for President Jacob Zuma to finish his term," ANC Youth League chairperson Matome Chiloane told reporters in Johannesburg.

He warned against creating a trend of removing presidents, saying the ruling party did not need to help the opposition’s "dirty agenda".

"We call on society and especially our members to accept the apology, to focus on elections," Chiloane said.

"It takes a real leader to apologise and say 'I have made a mistake'."

On April 1, a day after the Constitutional Court found he failed to uphold the Constitution, Zuma apologised for the “frustration and confusion” the Nkandla matter had caused.

All three leagues said it was critical to protect the ruling party’s unity and vowed to present a united front in Port Elizabeth at the weekend, where Zuma would launch the party's manifesto for the 3 August local government elections.

The leagues downplayed divisions within the Gauteng branch following a statement by Gauteng ANC's PEC on Tuesday, which said Zuma should "do the right thing".

The statement, however, stopped short of saying Zuma should step down.

This was despite a source telling News24 and ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile telling the Mail & Guardian that the Gauteng ANC PEC had resolved that Zuma should step down.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Hope Papo told News24 Live: "Members of the provincial executive committee made several proposals, for example [that] the president says 'Because of these concerns I should step aside as the president of the republic and just remain the president of the ANC'."

On Wednesday afternoon, ANCYL deputy chairperson Vuyo Mhaga maintained that the Gauteng branch was not divided.

"What you are seeing is differences of views, not divisions," he said.

The leagues said party members had every right to express their own opinions, just as long as these were not anti-ANC.

Women's League Gauteng secretary Nonosi Mdlalose said they did not agree with the PEC's statement. She said the Women's League would continue to support Zuma until his term ended, just as they had supported him during the 2012 Mangaung elective conference.

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