The NEC debate over whether Zuma goes or stays is over but the SA ministers who initiated and supported the move could be seeing the end of their ministerial service as there are speculations Zuma will have them removed.
The secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) brought the NEC battle to have Zuma removed, to an end as he announced on Tuesday that the committee still wants him to remain as the party president.
The secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) brought the NEC battle to have Zuma removed, to an end as he announced no Tuesday that the committee still wants him to remain as the party president.
Emerging victorious in the vote that almost turned violent, President Jacob Zuma did not have to give any reassurances that he will not remove ministers from his Cabinet who masterminded the calls for his removal as head of state.
Sources had it that Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom; Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his deputy Joe Phaahla; NEC member Fikile Xasa; ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu; and ANC economic transformation chief Enoch Godongwana, were among the 36 members who supported Zuma’s immediate removal.
These SA ministers had earlier indicated their willingness to resign if the committee fails to go by their decision to remove Zuma.
The ministers made the dramatic threat on the sidelines of a tense extended national executive (NEC) committee meeting.
Although source within the NEC revealed that the meeting ended inconclusively, Mantashe came on Tuesday to announce that the matter had been exhausted and was now closed.
He also reassured those in the NEC, who had spoken out against President Jacob Zuma that they would not lose their government jobs, but at the same time warned them about resigning.
“Our view is that nobody will be treated in a different way because of their position or issues raised at the NEC meeting,” Mantashe said, adding that Cabinet ministers could not be asked to divulge what they said during the NEC meeting.
“It will not be allowed to happen by the NEC because if would mean in future NEC of the ANC must be deprived of the views of its own members, who happen to be deployed as Cabinet ministers.”
Mantashe went on to warn the ministers of the serious consequences that awaits them should they decide to resign.
“There is no party that works that way. So mass resignation will have quite serious consequences,” he said.
“We are a movement. We are not a contentious organization of people who are pulled together by their conscience, no. We are an ideological organization; that’s why when we report on work we’re doing, it is to improve the ideological clarity of members of the ANC,” He added.
While the SA ministers contemplate the punishment that would be meted on them should they continue with their decision to resign, Zuma is to say whether or not the group will be asked to leave.