Don’t be excited, Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is still the leader of the country.
Nonetheless, emerging reports have it that so far, more ANC NEC members have indicated that they want President Zuma to step down.
Pricisely, 34 members of the ANC national executive committee supported the motion for Mr Zuma to be removed as the President of ANC. 30 on the other end, indicated that they want Zuma to remain their President.
Also, 14 members are yet to indicate their stand on the issue.
Now more than ever, it’s uncertain if Zuma can retain his grip on the presidency as he’s facing a vote of no confidence from the leaders of his own party.
BuzzSouthAfrica earlier reported that certain members of the national executive committee want secret ballot voting in the move to decide Mr. Zuma’s fate as the leader of the ANC.
The national executive committee extended its meeting to debate the motion tabled by Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom.
The Tourism Minister’s proposal was backed by the Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and even the ANC chief whip, Jackson Mthembu.
KwaZulu-Natal ANC reacted to the move to remove Zuma saying the national executive committee members have no reason to demand Zuma’s resignation as President.
Mdumiseni Ntuli, the provincial spokesperson was quoted to have said:
“We heard that some people…advanced a vote of no confidence for the president of the ANC. We are not aware of any justified reasons for the president to not conclude his term of office.
We regard it to be a rumour because it is a rumour (and) we are not prepared to glorify it and respond to it.
What we know for a matter of fact is that we elected a national executive committee and President Zuma is the leader and we expect them to lead us up to the next conference.”
President Zuma has continually escaped moves initiated to remove him as the leader of South Africa by opposing parties.
He has consistently ignored agitations for him to step down, and in some instance, dismissed it as mere prove that the nation’s democracy is growing stronger.