President Zuma has been thrown out of ANC Gauteng’s loyalty train. The province decided to push Zuma out after its PEC held extensive meeting on Monday. Speaking further on Tuesday, an anonymous insider stated that ANC Gauteng decided to declare Zuma unfit following the Nkandla ruling.
“ANC Gauteng‚ through its extended PEC meeting‚ resolved that the ANC and state president must resign‚” a source close to the meeting said.
Though, the province is yet to confirm the alleged decision as attempts to get comment from numerous ANC members in Gauteng, including the provincial spokesperson Nkenke Kekana, proved abortive.
However, it is paramount to note that the ANC Gauteng decision to withdraw their support for Zuma is coming few days after ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced that any party member that speaks against Zuma will definitely ‘pay the price’.
Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled that President Zuma failed to adhere to the remedial actions of the public protector and also failed to pay back tax payers funds which were used for non-security upgrades worth millions at his Nkandla home.
The court also found that Zuma and the National Assembly had violated the Constitution by ignoring the public protector’s report.
We will also recall that last week, the ANC’s Sefako Makgatho branch in the Greater Johannesburg region requested Zuma to step down or face the ANC’s integrity and disciplinary committees.
It is also glaring that president Zuma has continued to lose his fans and supporters in the face of his present predicaments. Confirming the ugly development on Sunday, the party secretary-general asserted that “It is not the Constitutional Court judgement that is the issue. The issue is the trust deficit that has developed, with people beginning to trust us less and less and less and less.”
Commenting on opposition groups’ failed impeachment bid last week, Mantashe said, “We can’t follow the programme of the opposition forces. It’s unheard of that ANC MPs would vote for that impeachment, it will not happen. The ANC must process these things and take its own decisions.”
He realistically added that the failed impeachment “doesn’t absolve us from looking into our own behaviour. There must be change in our behaviour as a movement,” he added. “If we don’t change our behaviour, we become arrogant in dealing with our problems. We are going to pay the price.”
However, following ANC Gauteng’s alleged decision, it is now left for the ruling party’s federal body to know what measure to take in addressing the damning decision. And if the province’s decision is true, the branch will be the first to break away from the National Working Committee’s resolution that it accepted Zuma’s apology and the decision not to recall him.
Paul Mashatile is the chairperson of ANC Gauteng while David Makhura, is the premier serving as his deputy.