With the numerous increasing calls for honorable Mr President to resign, the ANC in Parliament says the party is sorry for its actions which the constitutional Court found inconsistent with the constitution. However, the ruling party will punish party members who insulted Zuma and those who joined the demand for his resignation.
ANC chief whip, Jackson Mthembu at a media briefing said the ANC was blindsided in handling the Nkandla issue and he begged the nation to forgive the party for that.
“We are sorry,” he said. “We were under the impression that we were correct…we were found wanting,” he acknowledged.
Mthembu said the ANC must examine the issue extensively to understand the party’s errors in the matter that made the Constitutional Court set aside the resolution of the house in the issue.
“We have learnt from this judgment, this is something we must look at critically. We must now implement the remedial actions as outlined in the Public Protector’s report.” According to him, both the president and parliament are committed to the implementation of the Constitutional Court orders.
Meanwhile, ANC’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe asserted that party members and leaders who are insulting Zuma in public and asking for his resignation will pay the price.
Mantashe referenced Gauteng and stated that “whether it is Makhura or it is the veterans or a branch in the inner city, if they talk about the party in public negatively, the public will remember that. (As) ANC members, we must debate these issues and engage society but if they choose to take public platforms and look good by insulting the president, they’ll pay the price obviously,” he warned.
Mantashe said the behavior of ANC members in Gauteng is strengthening opposition parties. “Actions there are actually handing over Gauteng to the opposition by ANC members themselves,” he wailed.