Don’t Be Distracted, Love Your Country – Tourism Minister Tells SA


Pained by the result of the just concluded vote over Zuma’s removal, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, tells South Africans not to lose focus but that they should go on their work bearing their love for the country at heart.

The Tourism Minister, who first initiated the motion in the ANC’s national executive committee over President Jacob Zuma’s future, declined to comment on the outcome of the meeting but urged citizens not to relent in showing how they are proud of the country.

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“I’m not going to speak about the NEC meeting at all,” he said while addressing the media at a tourism awards function a day after the NEC held its extended meeting.

“Don’t get distracted, do your work, love your country – notwithstanding the challenges that will come from time to time as all countries do… We will be a winning nation if we just concentrate on what we do, and do what we do well.”  He added.

Meanwhile, the ruling party announced that it will be holding a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon over the outcome of the NEC meeting which was concluded on the late night of Monday.

BuzzSouthAfrica reported earlier that the vote on Zuma’s fate as the party leader was concluded with precisely 34 NEC members supporting the motion for his removal, 30 others supported he remains, while about six members were still undecided on which to support.

It was also reported that the ministers – Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi -who supported the motion for Zuma’s removal have been asked to resign.

People who defended Zuma

  • Free State premier,Ace Magashule
  • North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo
  • Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo
  • Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba
  • Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula
  • African Union chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  • International Relations Minister,Maite Nkoane Mashabane
  • Agricultural Minister and SACP chair,Senzeni Zokwana

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The ANC will announce the outcome of the meeting at a media briefing on Tuesday, after Zuma’s departure for Havanna, for the funeral of former Cuban president Fidel Castro.