LIVE: No discussion about recalling Zuma - ANC

2015-12-15 10:45

Get the latest as the ANC briefs the media on its extended National Working Committee meeting held on Monday.


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15 Dec 14:12
So that's the end of updates today. Cheers

15 Dec 13:55
And that's the end of the very strange briefing.

15 Dec 13:55
Duarte has corrected her earlier statement that Barbara Hogan had organised an anti-Zuma march. She will merely be attending it. 

15 Dec 13:52
SA economy has been weak for a while now, says Duarte.

15 Dec 13:50

The NWC meeting was extended, mainly to deal with issue of the change in finance ministers.

Duarte: Mr van Rooyen was not just a mayor he was also a chairperson of Salga in the North West and Salga has a deep rooted number of entrenched structures which work with it.

15 Dec 13:43

Zizi Kodwa: There was no discussion about recalling the president.

That's in answer to Genevieve Quintal's question.

15 Dec 13:43
Jesse Duarte on ANCYL statement on Thuli Madonsela - we don't support the tone... it's unfortunate.

15 Dec 13:42
Dlamini says they, the ANC, did not respond to the market but to the people. President Zuma responded.

15 Dec 13:39

Cosatu's Sdumo Dlamini says: You can assess the damage to brand over period of time but approach will be how has the ANC responded to challenge.

After a rather long-winded explanation, Dlamini eventually says "yes, the brand is safe".

15 Dec 13:38
News24 reporter Genevieve Quintal had asked the NWC if they had discussed Zuma's recall.  No one has yet answered the question.

15 Dec 13:37
Duarte says the ANC was consulted about Van Rooyen and Gordhan.

15 Dec 13:36
Having noted "the impact" of the change in finance minister, Zuma had the courage to make the change (from Van Rooyen to Gordhan).

15 Dec 13:35

I want to give graphic example of what happened on Sunday, says Duarte.

Zuma said he came to the conclusion that a change is needed and that Gordhan be finance minister and Van Rooyen go to Cogta. Every time a finance minister is appointed in this country there has been a reaction.

15 Dec 13:32
Jeff Radebe: The president took decision as is his constitutional right to remove or appoint ministers. After consulting he took decision himself to appoint Pravin Gordhan. He listened to the concerns of the people.

15 Dec 13:32
On Van Rooyen's re-deployment to Cogta portfolio: Nothing points to a change in policy... the redeployment of comrade Des in that space is redeployment of someone who has already worked in that space at a very difficult time.

15 Dec 13:30
Ayanda Dlodlo: Ramaphosa briefed us all yesterday.. and for a man to have said to be on verge of resignation I did not see any discomfort that pointed to that fact.

15 Dec 13:23
Zuma himself said we must not isolate comrades... when asked questions they ask because they are concerned.

15 Dec 13:21
Lindiwe Zulu - Yes we were satisfied with explanation given for moving finance minister.

15 Dec 13:20
Duarte: Comrade Jeff called it a bloodbath in the economy. It’s been a difficult period and we do not underestimate what lies ahead.

15 Dec 13:20
One good thing that has come out of crisis is the positive response of the business community.

15 Dec 13:20

On planned marches... we aware of them. We know of three marches. One planned by Barabra Hogan, one by Shaka Sisulua and one by Mark Haywood, says Duarte.

We don't support their call at all as the ANC and in terms of the statements made by Ben Turok. Turok is a veteran we respect him, it is his right to say what he thinks... What we hope we can do going forward is work towards ensuring that we the ANC, NGOs and civil society can work together.

15 Dec 13:19
When the name of Des van Rooyen was mentioned we thought there would be an impact.. but we didn't expect (such an) enormous impact - Duarte

15 Dec 13:18
In terms of Deputy President Ramaphosa - He has been working closely with us every single day since Thursday morning. He was not in Gauteng on Wednesday and Thursday, he was in Lesotho. He's been with us every day. He was with us last night and he was also with us on Sunday afternoon when national officials met with Zuma and when he accepted the indication that change was needed. The president himself said change was needed.

15 Dec 13:16
In terms of consultation the president did consult ANC officials about 6 weeks ago about the Brics bank nominee. He explained will need to send someone with high stature and Nene fitted at the time what was appropriate.

15 Dec 13:14
There's been no fiscal or policy change from the ANC in the last four days, says Duarte.

15 Dec 13:12
ANC officials are now taking questions.

15 Dec 13:10
Sdumo Dlamini, NEC member and Cosatu president has now joined officials.

15 Dec 13:09
The ANC has heard the people of SA, its alliance partners and main stakeholders to make sure ANC as a listening organisation has heard the cries of the people.

15 Dec 13:09
The support from business ensures that going forward we will leave no stone unturned and do everything to maintain fiscal policy in South Africa.

15 Dec 13:08
Radebe: Since this challenge emerged after Wednesday the national officials had extensive consultation with stakeholders... over the weekend including a meeting with the banks attended by Zweli Mkhize and myself.

15 Dec 13:07
Minister Jeff Radebe is making additional statements.

15 Dec 13:07
Given prevailing economic climate welcoming finance minister's decision that no cut in spending on pro poor programmes.

15 Dec 13:05
The policy of the ANC is one of ensuring sound fiscal management and we will adhere to good governance being non-negotiable - JD

15 Dec 13:05

These engagements were precipitated by expressed public concern of redeployment of comrade Nene.

The president's willingness to change deployment... demonstrated bold leadership, bringing certainty and insurance to finance portfolio.

15 Dec 13:04
National officials briefed meeting about interactions held with stakeholders - alliance partners, business, organised labour and civil society on appointment of new finance minister.

15 Dec 13:03
NWC meeting held yesterday. It was also attended by available NEC members. League officials also there.

15 Dec 13:02
Duarte (JD) up now. She's everyone present are NWC members.

15 Dec 13:02
The real ANC will now speak, says Zizi Kodwa.

15 Dec 13:01
The press conference has begun. Jesse Duarte will address reporters as Gwede Mantashe is out of the country.

15 Dec 11:11

15 Dec 11:08

News24's reporter at Luthuli House, Mpho Raborife, has confirmed that the NWC's briefing has now been postponed to 13:00. It's all rather confusing...

15 Dec 11:02

The biggest banks know better than to publicly take on South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, reports Fin24. So when President Jacob Zuma sent markets plunging by replacing the finance minister with an obscure lawmaker, they rushed to lobby the ANC behind the scenes.

“Everybody in business that I know raised their concern and expressed their concern in every way possible,” said Bobby Godsell, the former chief executive officer of AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG] who represents some of the biggest companies in the country through the Business Leadership South Africa association.

Partly informed by the business lobbying, partly moving of their own accord, senior ANC officials confronted Zuma.

By Sunday, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and the three other senior-most party leaders met with Zuma to demand the situation be rectified, according to two of the people.

15 Dec 10:45

The governing ANC said it will brief reporters on an extended meeting of its National Working Committee on Monday, following days of upheaval that saw President Jacob Zuma twice change the finance minister.

Last week, Zuma shocked the markets and nation when he announced that he had fired Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister and replaced him with the relatively unknown David van Rooyen. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe revealed that not even the Cabinet was informed of Zuma's decision.

The decision sent the rand plummeting and four days later Zuma announced that he had again replaced the finance minister, this time returning Pravin Gordhan to the post.

Following the changes, the ANC NWC held a meeting at Luthuli House in Johannesburg. The party's top brass, including Zuma, attended the meeting. Word began spreading about what was discussed but nothing has been confirmed.

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