President Jacob Zuma felt obligated to resign this week taking after cursing disclosures contained in general society defender’s provide details regarding state catch.
Now it is up to the ANC’s national executive committee, the party’s highest decision-making body between conferences, to decide Zuma’s fate.
The Sunday Times spoke to 20 NEC members to find out what their input would be if an NEC meeting were to be held tomorrow.
• Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu: “We will defend this ANC and its leadership. That we will do. Through tooth and nail we will do that … including the president. He was elected at a conference. We will defend it until such time that it comes to decisions that are made through constitutional processes.”
• Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association chairman Kebby Maphatsoe: “Zuma is not going anywhere. No president is going to step down. It is the view of individuals.”
• Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane: “We all understand what are the constitutional requirements for any recall. For now, that has not actually emerged, in line with the processes of the ANC. The things from the veterans, we respect our veterans.”
• Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile: “I don’t have a mandate from the ANC that the president must go, but we will certainly not stand in the way of those who are making the call … We are in line with calls against state capture, against corruption, and as I said, if people say the president must step down, we will not stand against it.”
• NEC economic transformation subcommittee head Enoch Godongwana: “There’s no doubt the report is damaging to both the ANC and government. My sense is that the ANC needs to have an urgent NEC [meeting] so that it would be able to discuss and provide a clear direction to society on this matter.”
• ANC MP Mathole Motshekga: “The ANC, as it did with Thabo Mbeki, reserved the right to do the same [with Zuma] … the ANC must sit and discuss. The SG [secretary-general Gwede Mantashe] said this matter must be left to the conscience of the president so that he can, on his own, request the organisation and say: ‘No, I think in the circumstances it’s better that I step aside.’
“Or the organisation itself can say ‘No, we think you should step aside’, and that would be an orderly way of dealing with the situation.”
• Former transport minister S’bu Ndebele: “I have just returned [from a diplomatic post in Australia]. It is too early for me to have an opinion.”
• Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bheki Cele: “I hope the NEC will sit soon to afford me and others [a chance] to air our views on the president. I think it’s important that I do that first before I go out with my views. I hope that will be soon.”
• ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairman Sihle Zikalala: “This issue will be reflected … in the NEC. It is not for me to say out[side] that platform what should happen to Zuma. My views will be subjected internally. I appreciate a call for a further investigation and any speculation before then will be premature.”
• Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi: “I can’t tell you what we discuss in NEC meetings.”
• Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana: “I can’t comment on the matter.”
• ANC MP Humphrey Mmemezi: “Only the ANC SG [Mantashe] “can speak about ANC matters.”
• Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula: “Chief, I can’t help you.”
• Judicial Service Commission representative Dikeledi Magadzi: “No, I think there is only one spokesperson in the ANC and we can only get directives. One message, that’s our approach.”
• ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini: “I can’t have an individual view that has not been tested in the battle of ideas that takes place in the NEC because when we get elected, we … bring whatever you can contribute to the organisation.”
• Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini: “I don’t want to comment on ANC matters.”
• State Security Minister David Mahlobo: “I do not discuss ANC matters with the media.”
• Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi: “I am at a funeral.”
• ANC MP Ayanda Dlodlo: “I am at a funeral. Please send a message.”
• ANC MP Zoleka Capa: “When the house is burning, we should not run away from it, in terms of stepping down. What we are saying is, let us follow the necessary steps which might seem a bit slow in terms of the understanding of the people.”