WATCH: Don't get distracted, do your work, love your country - Hanekom

2016-11-29 10:43

Johannesburg - Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, who initiated the battle in the ANC's national executive committee over President Jacob Zuma's future, has declined to comment on the outcome of the meeting. 

Hanekom addressed the media at a tourism awards function a day after the NEC held its extended meeting - however the minister would not be drawn to comment on the contentious meeting. 

"I'm not going to speak about the NEC meeting at all," he told reporters. 

He did, however, say that South Africans should not to be distracted by reports of unrest in the ruling party, adding that he believed that South Africa would "win".

"Don't get distracted, do your work, love your country - not withstanding the challenges that will come from time to time as all countries do... We will be a winning nation if we just concentrate on what we do, and do what we do well." 

Following an NEC meeting that went late into Monday night, the ANC announced that it would be holding a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

Speculation was rife over whether Zuma would survive the battle within the NEC.

Hanekom, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi asked Zuma to resign, News24 reported earlier on Monday. 

They were strongly supported by ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu.

The president's alleged improper relationship with the Gupta family, the decline in ANC support during local government elections and the Nkandla scandal were among the reasons given for him to step down.

The ANC NEC meeting, scheduled to end on Sunday, was extended to Monday as the debate over his fate had not been concluded.

The briefing will be held at party's Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg at 14:00. 

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