We would never ask for Zuma to step down – Free State ANC

2016-04-12 20:00
(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – No ANC branch in the Free State would ever go against President Jacob Zuma and ask him to step down, provincial spokesperson, Thabo Meeko, said on Tuesday.

"As the province of the Free State, we have reaffirmed our support for President Jacob Zuma and the leadership of the party,” Meeko told News24.

He said the party was not moved by opposition parties who called for Zuma to resign.

“Opposition parties are frustrated and bankrupt and their only programme is anti-ANC. President Jacob Zuma was deployed by the ANC and he will be removed by the ANC and the people of South Africa, not the opposition party,” he said.

He said he believed Zuma would lead the country until the next elections.

Earlier on Tuesday, the party briefed supporters in all five districts in the Free State regarding the Constitutional Court ruling. ANC supporters who gathered in Bloemfontein sang Zuma’s praises and said they would continue to support him.

Zuma a leader with 'integrity, humility'

Member of the provincial executive committee and education MEC, Tate Makgoe, hailed Zuma as a leader with integrity and humility.

He also said an attack on Zuma was an attack on the party.

"We have never seen a leader with humility like Zuma. We have never seen the most powerful [and] respected person coming in front of South Africans – young and old – black and white and said he made a mistake," said Makgoe.

There have been widespread calls for Zuma to resign following the Constitutional Court ruling that he failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial recommendations regarding payment for the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

Other prominent figures – including ANC stalwarts such as Ahmed Kathrada, Cheryl Carolus and Trevor Manuel – have called for Zuma to step down.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  bloemfontein  |  nkandla upgrade

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