Zuma survives ANC showdown - report

2016-03-20 08:52
President Jacob Zuma spoke at Soweto Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, 18 March 2016. He was warmly greeted by thousands of COSAS members.

President Jacob Zuma spoke at Soweto Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, 18 March 2016. He was warmly greeted by thousands of COSAS members. (Screengrab)

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Zuma will live to fight another day after NEC - analyst

2016-03-18 15:47

Political economy analyst Daniel Silke predicts what might go down during the National Executive Committee meeting this weekend, in the wake of 'state capture' revelations by former and current MPs. Daniel also discusses South Africa's credit rating. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - Supporters of President Jacob Zuma at the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting ensured that the embattled president survived another day, City Press reported on Sunday.

The president's backers fought against those detractors who were expected to lead calls for Zuma's censure and possible recall, according to the report.

The meeting came amid last week's revelations over the influence of the Gupta family on the government.

Former chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Vytjie Mentor, revealed that the Gupta family offered her the position of minister of public enterprises, on certain conditions. She also alleged that Zuma was in the next room at the Gupta's Johannesburg home when the offer was made.

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas then confirmed that the Guptas offered him the position of finance minister before Nhlanhla Nene was removed last December.

The disclosures led to widespread controversy and calls for Zuma's head.  

However, Zuma supporters apparently plotted through the night on Thursday to defend the president at all costs, including "hanging out the dirty laundry of those gunning for the president", City Press reported.

The campaign against Zuma appeared to lose steam and he received a standing ovation at the start of the NEC meeting in Pretoria on Friday.

An ANC source told City Press that it was important for the party to project unity amid the divisive media coverage over the last week.

The Zuma supporters also successfully fought against an attempt to have his relationship with the Gupta family placed on the NEC agenda, and instead the issue of "state capture" was discussed.

Meanwhile, the NEC meeting is set to resume on Sunday, Eyewitness News reported.

The upcoming local government elections and state of the economy are expected to be discussed on at the behind-closed-doors meeting.

A media conference could be held on Sunday night to discuss the outcome of the meeting, EWN reported.

A number of ANC Youth League members protested outside the venue on Saturday, News24 reported. ANCYL member Ronald Lamola said it's the last chance to recall Zuma.

"We are saying the ANC NEC must be pressured to recall President Zuma as the president of the country and call a special national Congress before the of this year," said Lamola.

- See the full City Press report.

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