Following a crucial meeting held in Centurion by the National Executive Committee of the ruling party, President Jacob Zuma has retained the “full confidence” of his party members.
Discussions on the alleged political interference of the Gupta family in the affairs of the state was a major topic deliberated by the committee.
The ANC/NEC much-anticipated meeting kicked-off on Friday following a tumultuous week for the ruling party.
Throwing more light about the meeting, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told reporters that, “The ANC NEC had frank and robust discussions on the serious allegations surrounding the Gupta family and its purported influence in the appointment of ministers, their deputies, and other positions in key state-owned entities in their interests.”
He reiterated that “Such actions have no place in the ANC or its government, as they have the potential to undermine and erode the credibility and confidence of our people in the leadership of their organisation, the ANC, and its government.
Mantashe further explained that the committee members vehemently “reject the notion of any business or family group seeking such influence over the ANC with the contempt it deserves while also recognising the need to act to protect the integrity of our government and our organisation.
We will recall that on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma told the National Assembly that the Gupta family had never appointed any Cabinet minister.
“There is no minister who is here who was ever appointed by the Guptas or by anybody else,” he told the National Assembly
Meanwhile, while the ruling party has re-stated its full confidence in the president, it stated that the ANC will take “appreciate action” on all relevant allegations gathered by party officials and the national working committee (NWC).
The party’s secretary-general also enjoined all members who have information “to approach the secretary general’s office.”
Responding to claims that Zuma’s son work hand in glove with the Gupta family on Sunday evening, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe opined on Sunday evening that,
“Children of politicians must also be allowed to make their own decisions and pursue their business and professional interests, African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday evening.
Zuma’s son Duduzane has repeatedly been accused of being a conduit of corruption, having been part of the Gupta family business.
Before the commencement of the meeting, a small group of ANC supporters were seen outside the St Georges Hotel in Pretoria, declaring unalloyed loyalty to the party and president Jacob Zuma.
One of the supporters Mbali Ncube from the ANC’s eThekwini region in KwaZulu-Natal. opined: “We are here because we have seen a lot of attacks on our leaders and party. We thought that it is our duty as members of the African National Congress to come and support our organisation.”
“We have come to see if there [is] any way we can help. We just [want] to see if everything is going on well.”