The ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu has admitted that the ruling party has a lot of internal damage control to do following the trails of chaos surrounding them especially with the Constitutional Court’s findings on the Nkandla spending debacle.
Presently, the ruling party is bedeviled by series of criticism from prominent members of the society over its refusal to take action against President Jacob Zuma after the Constitutional Court found him guilty of failing to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution even though he swore to do so.
ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu agreed that the party has a lot on its plate and is eager to settle everything concerning the Nkandla issue now that the date for local government elections are set.
In a bid to clear the air, ANC leaders will be engaging with rank and file members across the country to explain the party’s decision and position on the president, Nkandla and also the Constitutional Court’s judgment on the case.
“I think at the end we will all walk and march together but at the moment, indeed, we still have got to do a lot of damage on the ground arising out of how this matter was reported.”
Jackson Mthembu says to make sure that they speak with one voice, ANC leaders will be provided with a memorandum to help them with the task ahead.
“We are preparing even speakers notes for all our leaders so that we speak from the same page.”
Meanwhile, ANC leaders defended the party’s decision to place their support behind the president during this week’s bid to unseat him, saying it was not borne out of blind loyalty. ANC Chief Whip Mthembu agrees that the Nkandla spending fiasco could have been handled differently, but however condemns the Democratic Alliance’s impeachment motion as quite unnecessary.