Most South Africans couldn’t contain their joy in the early hours of Friday when it emerged that Zuma would be appearing before the ANC integrity Committee for bringing the party into disrepute.
Responses from many areas in the country showed most people welcomed the development. But, hours later, the ANC contradicted the reports, stating categorically that Zuma was just summoned to ‘have a chat’ with the committee.
The party’s counter-statement came after the Mail & Guardian reported that Zuma was summoned for violating the Constitution in his handling of the Nkandla report and on the State of Capture report which alleged immoderate influence by the controversial Gupta family.
Addressing reporters on Friday afternoon at St George Hotel in Irene‚ Pretoria‚ ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the committee invited Zuma in his capacity as the president of the ANC, and not to reprimand him.
In addition, the ruling party’s spokesperson said the president will be reviewing the health and current state of the 104-year-old ANC on the day of the meeting, which holds on December 2.
The ANC integrity commission was formed in 2013 to protect the image of the party in events where members have been accused of criminal or improper conduct. It is chaired by Andrew Mlangeni and other senior stalwarts.
On several occasions, ANC’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe had slammed the committee for failing to act against Zuma when the Constitutional Court found that he defiled the Constitution.
Mantashe said at the time:
“Has the ANC integrity committee ever called the president to appear before it? No, I can tell you the answer, they never! They never called him.
“They’ve met the officials, we had a general discussion, but the integrity commission has never called the president, not once. It’s not about guilty findings but what the impacts of an individual member’s actions are on the party’s image.”
This move, once gain, has shown that the ANC is not ready to do away with Zuma, whose leadership has been marred by scandalous allegations.