ANC leaders should toe the line - Eastern Cape party secretary

2016-04-06 07:39
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Johannesburg – ANC Eastern Cape provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane believes that party leaders should 'toe the line' and abide by decisions taken by the top brass.

Mabuyane told New24 that the party was redoubling its efforts as it heads into the local elections.

"The decision of the structure is a decision that is binding. We are part of that. This is what we should be toeing the line for.

"We are redoubling our efforts. Yes of course all that is happening in our country and the ConCourt [judgment] has got its own adverse and negative impact," he said.

Mabuyane said the ANC was fearful of its chances going into local elections, but said their fear was a result of the conditions of the ANC branches.

"There is fear, hence we are working hard and redoubling our efforts. We are explaining to our people how we arrived at some of these decisions that the media is distorting..."

A hard road ahead

On Sunday the ANC in the Eastern Cape held marathon talks in Port Elizabeth on how to deal with the increasing calls for Zuma to step down, The Herald reported.

Mabuyane told News24 although they foresaw a hard road ahead, their branches had full confidence in the ANC.

"We believe, getting down to our people, they will understand where we are coming from and the decisions we have arrived at."

Mabuyane said the ANC should not discuss the Nkandla matter any further. He said the decision taken by the extended National Working Committee on Monday was binding.

"The ANC is not federal organisation, it's a unitary organisation. There will be no other discussions on this matter outside of the framework that is outlined... We are a democratic organisation hence we are championing the Constitutional Court decision.

"There is no ANC of the Eastern Cape, there is just the ANC."

‘Very helpful’ judgment

Last week the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding payment for the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

It ruled that the National Assembly also failed to uphold the Constitution when it set aside Madonsela's report.

Since the judgment, calls for Zuma to step down or have the ANC recall him have increased.

On Friday, Zuma went on national television to apologise to the nation, saying he had not "knowingly or deliberately" violated the Constitution. He described the court judgment as "very helpful".

Shortly afterwards the ANC threw its support behind him saying Zuma had humbled himself.

Read more on:    anc  |  oscar mabuyane  |  jacob zuma  |  port elizabeth  |  local elections 2016  |  nkandla upgrade

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