South African ruling party backs scandal-tainted president

Jane Richards
June 1, 2017

President Jacob Zuma is fighting for political survival after another motion of no confidence was tabled against him at a meeting of the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) in Pretoria.

The party's stalwarts, the term used to describe the golden generation of leaders and activists allied to the ANC, have held a series of meetings and written numerous letters asking the party to hold a special national conference to renew itself.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. It's little different to them calling on ANC MPs to vote with their consciences when the parliamentary No Confidence debate finally takes place. Parliament is waiting for the Constitutional Court judgment whether voting should be on secret ballot or not.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, considered a likely candidate for ANC president in December, last month said he wanted the influence-peddling allegations investigated, lending support to the watchdog's recommendations.

It also published a graphic of supposed support and opposition to Zuma within the 107-member NEC, with 45 against and 41 in favour and the rest unknown.

"We are not accusing veterans of collaborating with those forces, but we are saying the outcome of the efforts can converge on the consequences".

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Ruling party critics of South African President Jacob Zuma pushed for his resignation on Sunday amid concern about alleged corruption at the highest levels of the government, but the president still retained significant support within the divided party. "This is particularly important for those have been traditional allies of the broad liberation movement, including some traditional leaders and sections of the faith-based community led by, amongst others, the SACC", Mantashe said.

Zuma warned members to "not push him too far" by criticising him in public.

It said that it would be foolhardy to deny that campaigning was already going on, but said that nominations for the party's top position would only open in September 2017.

The party leadership was expected to wrap up its talks during the evening.

Speaking of Molefe's reappointment, Mantashe said the NEC stood by its earlier decision that it be rescinded. The nomination process would start in September.

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