ANC Mpumalanga has thrown its weight behind President Zuma following an indubitable statement issued by the branch. The branch titled its statement: “Hands off our president”. Moving on, the branch decided to express its unalloyed support for the embattled president after its provincial executive committee and regional groups met.
Speaking further on why the branch held onto president Zuma despite his woes, Mpumalanga secretary, Mandla Ndlovu asserted that
“The apology of the President was accepted and our structures are at peace with that. We are proud of our branches, that there is not a single branch which decided to break the ranks and started to jump the gun.”
ANC Mpumalanga’s support is coming barely few hours after ANC Gauteng issued a statement, allegedly asking president Zuma to “do the right thing” and step down, else the branch would take disciplinary action against him.
Though, surprisingly, ANC Gauteng refuted claims that the branch demanded for Zuma’s resignation despite a source telling News24 and ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile telling the Mail&Guardian that the PEC had resolved that Zuma should step down.
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Away from that, ANC Mpumalanga’s scribe, Ndlovu, also maintained that the branch is ever ready to stand by the ruling party and its leaders. He also beseeched those publicly calling on Zuma to resign to instead express their views within the structures of the ruling party.
Ndlovu noted that
“During their time we did not write open letters to express our views, we walked into their offices”. Meanwhile, the PEC in the province would formally brief its branches around the province regarding the decision taken. It would also consult its alliance partners and society.”
Apart from ANC Mpumalanga’s support, ANC KZN has also rallied behind president Zuma. The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma’s stronghold, also rejected calls by opposition parties, party stalwarts, for Zuma to resign.
KZN Provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli asserted that following Zuma’s apology, any individual or group of individuals, who still kick against president Zuma is simply an enemy of unity.
“Now anybody who goes around meeting in some little corner or wherever they are and decides to pronounce contrary to the position of national leadership is actually sowing division.”
Meanwhile, following ANC Gauteng alleged call for Zuma’s resignation, opposition party, the Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane said only Zuma must not be axed, but the entire ANC household must answer for defending the president.
“It’s healthy for our democracy that South Africans come to a point where there are clear divisions for those who support the Constitution and those that don’t. This remains true, even within the ANC. Those who are constitutionalists must stand together and continue fighting for the Constitution.”