Makhura mum on Gauteng ANC's stance on Zuma

2016-04-13 21:18
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Carletonville – Little more than 24 hours after the ANC in Gauteng asked President Jacob Zuma to "do the right thing", the party's deputy provincial chairperson David Makhura refused to entertain questions of clarity on the province's stance.

When asked by journalists in Carletonville what the Gauteng ANC provincial executive committee meant when it said in its statement on Tuesday "that Zuma should reflect deeply and do the right thing to resolve the unprecedented crisis that the ANC currently faces," Makhura said questions should be addressed to the party's spokesperson.

Makhura, in his capacity as Gauteng premier, was engaging residents in West Rand on Wednesday as part of the Ntirhisano Community Outreach programme.

A branch member in Carletonville, who was part of the delegation that accompanied Makhura, said they were in full support of their leaders in Gauteng.

"We are waiting for the leadership to come back to us and give us feedback. They have our support and they know that. We are in unison. We believe as they do," the member said.

A branch leader told News24 that the PEC's stand against Zuma would help the province win the elections.

"People are angry. We on the ground feel unheard. We are now able to show our faces to people because of the bravery of our leaders," he said.

The two members refused to be named.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Gauteng ANC's PEC stopped short of saying that it wanted Zuma to 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 this week, "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'."

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