Hands off our president – Mpumalanga ANC

2016-04-12 19:12


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Nelspruit – The ANC in Mpumalanga has issued an unequivocal message following a meeting of its provincial executive committee and regional groups: "Hands off our president".

FULL TEXT: ANC Mpumalanga accepts Zuma's apology

The provincial structures were meeting following the Constitutional Court's finding that President Jacob Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding payment for the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

"The apology of the President was accepted and our structures are at peace with that," said Mpumalanga secretary, Mandla Ndlovu. "We are proud of our branches, that there is not a single branch which decided to break the ranks and started to jump the gun."

This was a swipe at some Gauteng branches that came out last week saying they wanted Zuma to step down or for the party to take disciplinary action against him.

The ANC's Sefako Makgatho branch in the Greater Johannesburg region called on Zuma to resign or face the party's integrity commission or the national disciplinary committee.

'Do the right thing'

At the party's Liliesleaf Farm branch's political dialogue held in Midrand, Johannesburg, there appeared to be a consensus that other branches should follow the example of the Sefako Makgatho branch.

The ANC in Gauteng earlier on Tuesday called on Zuma to "do the right thing".

The province, however, stopped short of saying that it wanted Zuma to step down as leader. This was despite a source telling News24 and ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile telling the Mail&Guardian that the PEC had resolved that Zuma should step down.

Ndlovu said the ANC in Mpumalanga was ready to support the ANC and its leaders.

It told those publicly calling on Zuma to step down to rather express their views within the structures of the ANC. "During their time we did not write open letters to express our views, we walked into their offices."

The PEC in the province would formally brief its branches around the province regarding the decision taken. It would also consult its alliance partners and society, said Ndlovu.

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