ANC Caucus Meeting: At 10:00 Am today – just a few hours before the much-anticipated no confidence vote slated to hold today, ANC caucus in Parliament held a closed-door meeting with President Jacob Zuma.
The brief and crucial meeting was organized to deliberate over some party issues before voting commences in Parliament.
The meeting was attended by independent thinker Makhosi Khoza, Mondli Gungubele (the ANC MP who recently said he would vote against Zuma) and Derek Hanekom (former Tourism Minister and Zuma’s critic).
— Paul Herman (@PaulHermanCPT) August 8, 2017
Key Points Raised At The Meeting
- ANC MPs were told to stick with the party and vote in support of the president.
A very united ANC Caucus about to addressed by Secretary General Comrade Gwede Mantashe. pic.twitter.com/04C7BAcpxF
— ANC Parliament (@ANCParliament) August 8, 2017
The call to toe the party line came once again during the meeting. ANC MPs were reminded of the need to shield the embattled president from the claws of opposition, who have announced that they would vote for Zuma to leave.
The riot act as read by party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. In November, Zuma, who rarely attends ANC caucus meetings, warned his party’s MPs that their vote for a motion of no confidence ‘made no sense’ because they had been elected to Parliament on a party ticket.
— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) August 8, 2017
- ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu reiterated that the party is firmly against the motion
Mthembu once again reminded ANC MPs that the party is not in support of the motion and will vehemently oppose it in Parliament today. He warned that the party will not be happy with anyone who goes against this injunction during voting.
— Samkele maseko (@samkelemaseko) August 8, 2017
It is pertinent to note that the motion can ‘only’ succeed, if at least 50 ANC MPs vote with the opposition to oust President Zuma. An abstention will definitely frustrate the opposition’s goal of wooing 50 to 60 ANC MPs to vote, as the motion still needs 201 votes of the 400 to pass.
Meanwhile, the debate will start at 14:00.