President Jacob Zuma has finally put smiles on the faces of the aggrieved 101 ANC stalwarts.
This follows his decision to give an ear to the concerns and complaints of the veterans – who have been struggling to save the drowning party before it gets too late.
Today, the African National Congress National Working Committee (NWC) meeting had a series of meetings with the 101 aggrieved veterans. The meeting was earlier scheduled to hold on Friday but was postponed due to Zuma’s inability to show up.
Participants at the meeting, which took place at St George’s hotel in Irene‚ Pretoria are expected to deliberate, among other issues, the fitness of President Jacob Zuma to hold office, considering his scandal-plagued administration.
Other issues discussed include the battles between the Hawks, the National Prosecution Authority, Sars and the Treasury, and former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report.
Speaking outside the venue of the meeting, party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the meeting “is in fulfillment of our commitment we made post-August 3 (local government elections) where we spoke about self-introspection‚ but broadly to engage to foster unity in the African National Congress.”
On the other hand, the stalwarts expressed happiness with the president for giving them an ear.
Earlier this month‚ most ANC stalwarts vented their spleen in the public about the declining state of the country and Zuma’s scandalous government‚ calling for the ANC to hold an early conference to elect new leadership
Rivonia trialist, Denis Goldberg, at that time, revealed that on several occasions, the ruling party refused to listen to member’s concerns when raised. He said at other times, the leadership downplayed or bluntly pushed them off – in a bid to protect Zuma.
Not only him, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu took to the public, calling on President Zuma to step down at that time. The Chief Whip didn’t only ask for Zuma’s removal, he also called on ANC National Executive Committee to follow suit for dragging the party’s name through the mud and performing poorly at the polls.
Nevertheless, the ANC believes that today’s crucial meeting is a step towards regaining the love, unity, peace and integrity it once enjoyed.