Several Gauteng ANC leagues including the ANC Gauteng’s Youth, Women’s and Veterans’ leagues bared their minds on Wednesday saying that South Africans should accept President Jacob Zuma’s apology and allow him to finish his tenure.
“The right decision as per ANC Gauteng resolution is for President Jacob Zuma to finish his term,” chairperson of ANC Youth League Matome Chiloane told reporters in Johannesburg.
Chiloane warned against getting into the habit of removing presidents at any possible chance and advised that the ruling party did not need to help the opposition’s “dirty agenda” in politics.
He also pointed out that the president was remorseful and apologised for his misdeeds, this should be enough reason to forgive him and forge ahead.
“We call on society and especially our members to accept the apology, to focus on elections,” Chiloane said.
“It takes a real leader to apologise and say ‘I have made a mistake’.”
Shortly after the Constitutional Court ruled that he failed to uphold the Constitution, Zuma apologised for the “frustration and confusion” which the Nkandla matter had brought upon the country.
All three Gauteng ANC leagues emphasised the need to protect the ruling party’s unity and swore to present a united front in Port Elizabeth at the weekend as President Zuma launches the ANC’s manifesto ahead of the August 3 local government elections.
The Gauteng ANC leagues paid less attention to the current divisions within the Gauteng branch of the party following a statement by Gauteng ANC’s PEC on Tuesday, which suggested Zuma should “do the right thing”.
In a live statement, ANC Gauteng chairperson Hope Papo told reporters: “Members of the provincial executive committee made several proposals, for example [that] the president says ‘Because of these concerns I should step aside as the president of the republic and just remain the president of the ANC.”
However, ANCYL deputy chairperson Vuyo Mhaga said on Wednesday that there was no division at the Gauteng branch of the ruling party rather he called the different opinions views instead of division.
“What you are seeing is differences of views, not divisions,” he said.
The Gauteng ANC leagues support the fact that party members had every right to express their own opinions as long as these were not anti-ANC.
Women’s League Gauteng secretary Nonosi Mdlalose expressed their disagreement with the PEC’s statement and announced that the Women’s League would remain loyal in their support for Zuma till the end of his tenure.