The Sefako Makgatho branch of the African National Congress (ANC) penned a letter to the party’s secretary-general suggesting that the party takes disciplinary action against President Jacob Zuma. And if they fail to that, it will show that the party has lost both its moral standing and integrity.
The Sefako Makgatho branch wrote the letter in the wake of the recent crisis that has bedeviled the ANC calling on Zuma to relinquish his post as president or otherwise face a national disciplinary committee for bringing shame and disrepute to the party by violating the same Constitution that he swore to uphold.
However, the ANC has strongly stood behind President Zuma during this critical time of calls for him to step down, with Secretary General Gwede Mantashe announcing last week that the party has accepted the apology he tendered.
The ruling party has been accused by different groups and individuals including opposition parties of siding with the president over the Constitutional Court following the court’s ruling on the Nkandla case last week.
The Sefako Makgatho branch addressed the letter to Mantashe, warning that the party must do the right thing to arrest the situation before it gets out of hand.
The chairperson of the branch Sasabona Manganye says Zuma has brought shame to the party and for the time being, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should take his place until the next conference.
“We’re calling for the president to resign as both the ANC president and the state president.”
Failure to take action against Zuma will simply portray that the ANC cannot handle their defaulting members adequately through internal disciplinary processes.
He suggested that the president be subjected to either the Integrity Commission or he should be taken to the National Disciplinary Committee.