Calls for Zuma to step down premature, baseless – Mantashe

2016-11-08 17:11
Gwede Mantashe (Netwerk24)

Gwede Mantashe (Netwerk24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – Calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down based on the contents of the Public Protector's State of Capture report are baseless and premature, said ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

"[It contains] no binding findings referring to the guilt of any party and only recommends a commission of inquiry," said Mantashe.

He was speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday at the ANC's headquarters, following a meeting of the political party's national working committee (NWC).

Mantashe said the NWC had discussed several issues, including fee protests at tertiary institutions and former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report.

The report was made public last week following a legal battle over its release. It was initially meant to be made public on October 14, but was delayed by a bid from Zuma to interdict it.

In the report, Madonsela points out that the president may have violated the executive ethics code through his relationship with the influential Gupta family. It is alleged that the Guptas used their ties with Zuma to influence the awarding of state-owned enterprises' contracts and key decisions, such as the appointments of ministers.

Mantashe said, in principle, the NWC supported a commission of inquiry into allegations of "state capture", but that it should be set up like any other judicial inquiry where the president of the country not only appoints the inquiry, but the judge as well.

Madonsela's report recommended that Zuma appoint the inquiry, but not the judge to oversee it. 

"As a matter of principle, we support an inquiry into the issue," said Mantashe.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  gwede mantashe  |  state capture report

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.