Cape Town – Some ANC members are selling the party out, just like they did during the anti-apartheid struggle, national executive committee member Lindiwe Zulu said on Tuesday.
"I was one of those in Angola, where we had our own selling us and telling the Boers where we were. We are in the same situation right now," Zulu told journalists outside the National Assembly.
Zulu said there was nothing new about people losing faith in the party.
"Remember, during the elections we accepted the fact that we lost membership and that our people feel like there are things we are not doing right," she said.
She was speaking as both the ANC and opposition parties in Parliament claimed victory in the failed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
Of the 384 MPs who voted via secret ballot, 198 rejected the motion, and 177 voted in favour. There were nine abstentions.
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"We’ve said as an organisation let’s accept the mistakes we have made. But to come here and vote with the opposition? Who of the opposition can come vote with the ANC?"
EFF leader Julius Malema and DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the outcome of the motion was a sign that their goal of getting Zuma to step down was within reach.
The 26 ANC MPs who supported the motion, plus the nine abstentions, meant 35 ruling party MPs had "voted with their conscience", Malema said.
"We thank them for their courage and are saying to South Africa we are making progress."
He compared getting Zuma to step down to eating an elephant.
"We are getting there. This is a big elephant. We said to the country we are eating it piece by piece."
Maimane said Zuma was a "dead president walking". He said the DA would join the EFF’s court bid to ensure Zuma was held accountable for his role in the Nkandla payment debacle.
The Constitutional Court ruled on March 31 last year that Zuma failed to uphold, defend, and protect the Constitution when he ignored former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendation that he repay some of the R246 million spent on so-called security upgrades to his private homestead.
In September 2016, the Presidency said he had repaid R7.8m to the SA Reserve Bank, an amount which Treasury determined. He got the money through a home loan from VBS Mutual Bank.