President Jacob Zuma is not going anywhere, and nobody, including ANC members, will force him to step down as the leader of the party, says ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.
The veteran politician insisted that Zuma won’t quit, and will not be forced to do so by embittered ANC members, veterans and stalwarts.
Duarte believes that the ANC stalwarts who vented their spleen could help the party by focusing on job crisis and proferring solutions to the party’s challenges, rather than calling on Zuma to resign.
“It’s not just [a case of getting] rid of [Zuma] and the ANC and then, voila, jobs will be created. It doesn’t work like that, we are open to engaging. What we fail to engage with is people who are marching past us in the streets wearing the colours of the ANC but under a strange banner, she added.
She upheld that it’s too early to call for Zuma’s resignation since he has not been afforded the opportunity to respond to the state capture allegations leveled against him.
Although the ANC top member failed to dig deep into the state capture, she, however, agreed that Madonsela’s report was hurriedly complied, without seeking for the responses of the implicated. She called for a stricter scrutiny of the report.
Moving forward, the long-time apartheid activist emphasized that there is no doubt that President has faced a criminal charge before now, and shouldn’t be criticized like a criminal.
Many of these people making the allegations against the president have yet to tell us where there has been a criminal charge against him.“We are worried about that, and it’s been consistent,” she said.
She believes the ANC is the real target, and not Zuma, as widely anticipated.
Duarte was previously criticized for instigating the Gupta-Nene plot- an allegation she severally denied. Nevertheless, following the publication of the controversial state capture report, it was found that her son-in-law associated with the Guptas. He was one of the advisers who fought to take over the National Treasury during Des van Rooyen’s four-day appointment.