The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has declared their readiness to pay back whatever the finance department put forward for Jacob Zuma to pay on his Nkandla upgrades.
Speaking out for the first time since the Constitutional Court ruling against president Zuma on the Nkandla matter, premier David Mabuza said Mpumalanga is in support of Zuma and have accepted his apology.
He added that even if Zuma does not have money to refund the Nkandla upgrades, the party will willingly help him pay back the fund. Mabuza said while addressing the media yesterday:
“We are defending the president and the ANC, not because there’s nothing wrong that has been done, but for the confusion that may have been caused.”
The premier joined the meeting between the provincial executive committee, the ANC regional leadership and all the leagues of the ANC to declare their full support to the president and the party, saying the Concourt ruling proved to them that the recommendation of the Public Protector were binding.
“ANC will help Zuma if he does not have money to pay for his Nkandla upgrades.”
“We are neither confused nor ashamed. As about the ANC stalwarts whom we respect a lot calling for the president to step down, we respect their views but we call on them to allow us to deal with this matter,”
Furthermore, the ANC’s Secretary general Gwede Mantashe has lashed out on provinces who had joined in the call for Zuma to step down, saying they have no right to finalize decision for the party.
“Many of these comrades are not appreciating the complexity of the matter we are dealing with, that’s why they think we are in a beauty contest and they must compete in the media.
“There is no province that is a super province that must reprimand another province; We have held a number of meetings here in the Eastern Cape, where I am now. And we have not made a pronouncement in any of those. There is no province which has authority over another.”
The secretary further pointed out that more consultations were being made to arrive at a final conclusion on the matter.
Meanwhile, the EFF said on Wednesday that it had received confirmation from Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete that Parliament will consider taking disciplinary action against Jacob Zuma.
National Assembly Speaker Mbete met party leaders behind closed doors to discuss the implications of the Nkandla ruling. This was after EFF Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu, wrote to Mbete demanding a disciplinary action against Zuma following the Constitutional Court judgment that he violated the constitution.
The EFF said in a statement;
“The EFF, through its Chief Whip’s Office in Parliament, has received confirmation from the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, that Parliament will consider taking a disciplinary action against Jacob Zuma. In response, the Speaker of Parliament has responded that the matter will be given due consideration, including at the multiparty meeting she has requested today.”