South African attorney and former premier of Mpumalanga, Mathews Phosa, has hailed ANC branches in the Eastern Cape for having the courage of their convictions to demand the resignation of president Jacob Zuma.
Phosa, a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, noted that the branches took the right step, adding that with time, other members of the ANC would toe the line.
This is the first time a sitting president of the ANC would be humiliated in this manner, the anti-apartheid activist remarked. He expressed dismay that the ANC our founding fathers took many years to build with their sweat and blood has now being shattered in few years by president Zuma.
“It [ANC] has lost power dramatically at local government level. It will continue to lose power even at national level. The trust of the people that was built over 104 years has been lost.”
The politician described Zuma as the elephant in the room and warned that if he is not tamed, he might force the ANC to lose massively in 2019 or push the ruling party into ‘huge coalitions’ in the general elections.
Mathews Phosa Weighs In On Gordhan Versus Hawks Fracas
Commenting on the scuffle between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Phosa slammed Hawks boss, Major-General Nthandazo “Berning” Ntlemeza for taking on the responsibility of the National Prosecuting Authority. He, therefore, called on the unit to desist from intimidating the minister.
The top ANC Official also alleged that ‘sponsors’ of the Gordhan-Hawks battle seek to axe him (Gordhan), together with his deputy and Public Investment Corporation (PIC) chairperson Mcebisi Jonas.
Without mentioning names, Mathews Phosa categorically disclosed that “looters are standing at the gates desperately waiting to loot national resources”.
Nonetheless, the struggle icon stated uneasiness about ANCYL’s call for an ANC elective conference, saying it was “extremely un-ANC”.
“A call for an early conference and imposition of the leadership is contrary to the ANC constitution and principles. You can’t hold an ANC conference without discussion papers.”
In conclusion, Phosa said he’s positive that the ANC would stand on its feet again, irrespective of whether the party falls in the municipal elections.