African National Congress (ANC) supporters say the national executive committee (NEC) has failed those who fought against apartheid by not recalling President Jacob Zuma.
The party’s highest decision-making body debated a motion of no confidence in the president over the weekend.
NEC member Joel Netshitenzhe tabled the motion, citing the state of the ANC under Zuma and growing calls from the party’s alliance partners, its stalwarts and civil society for the president to leave office.
While the ANC NEC has once again backed Zuma, its stalwarts are not impressed.
In a statement issued by the stalwarts, they say the NEC members backing Zuma are choosing the project of state capture based on self-interest.
They say they did not join the ANC to see its historic role destroyed by a small but powerful minority, who hold their own self-interest above the party and country.
The stalwarts added there’s a group that has placed their own narrow political and financial interests above South Africa’s future.
The ANC says its NEC believes some of the calls for Zuma to leave office are really aimed at removing the party itself from power.
The NEC has also decided that Brian Molefe must leave Eskom and to allow branches to discuss the names of who they want to nominate in the ANC’s leadership election.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said some of the calls for President Zuma to go are not just about him.
“The NEC started to have a detailed analysis of the consequences of removing a sitting president, appreciating that some calls, especially those made by the opposition, are not so much about removing the present, but rather dislodging the ANC itself from power.”
And he’s denied reports that Zuma threatened NEC members during his closing address.
“I don’t know about the threats but in my nature, I don’t get threatened by people talking in the meeting of the ANC.”
The NEC also wants a judicial commission of inquiry into all aspects of state power.