No de­ci­sion taken to re­move Ja­cob Zuma, says Ma­gashule

African Times - - News - PIET RAMPEDI

THE African Na­tional Congress na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) has not taken a de­ci­sion to have Ja­cob Zuma re­moved as the Pres­i­dent of the coun­try. That is ac­cord­ing to Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ace Ma­gashue who said the topic was dis­cussed but no de­ci­sion was taken.

Ma­gashule was speak­ing to the me­dia in Johannesburg on Mon­day fol­low­ing the party’s two-day lek­gotla. He ad­mit­ted that the mat­ter was brought up but it was dis­cussed and left at that, with no ex­act date rub­ber stamped.

“The NEC dis­cussed this mat­ter and we all agreed that this mat­ter is with the of­fi­cials. Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa and Pres­i­dent Zuma are co­or­di­nat­ing be­tween Luthuli House and govern­ment. There isn’t any ru­mour or de­ci­sion taken to re­move Pres­i­dent Zuma,” he said.

Spec­u­la­tion was rife over the week­end that a de­ci­sion had been taken to give Zuma a dig­ni­fied exit from the Union Build­ings or face the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing hu­mil­i­ated and pushed out. It has been widely re­ported that ANC Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa would take over from the be­lea­guered Zuma in a bid to turn things around and reignite in­vestor con­fi­dence in the coun­try.

It was even spec­u­lated on Mon­day that Zuma missed Ge­orge Weah’s in­au­gu­ra­tion in Liberia be­cause he will be re­called on Tues­day. Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane went in his place. The Pres­i­dency said there was noth­ing un­to­ward with the de­ci­sion as a min­is­ter also rep­re­sented Zuma in Zim­babwe when the new pres­i­dent was in­au­gu­rated.

The is­sue of two cen­tres of power has been a thorn in the side of the party since the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence where Ramaphosa was elected

pres­i­dent. Many within the party have been say­ing it is not work­able and Zuma should va­cate the Union Build­ings.

Ma­gashule said the two pres­i­dents would con­tinue en­gag­ing each other on var­i­ous mat­ters. He fur­ther added that there would not be time­li­ness in terms of their dis­cus­sions or de­ci­sions. He said mat­ters of the party are del­i­cate and need to be given as much time as needed. “There will be in­ter­ac­tion be­tween com­rade Zuma and com­rade Ramaphosa. The NEC dis­cussed the mat­ter and agreed it should be left with the of­fi­cials. There are no time­lines. Here we are deal­ing with the ANC lead­er­ship. We can’t put time­lines‚” he said.

He ap­pealed for the party to be given space and time to al­low it to deal with its mat­ters.

“I don’t think we can be dic­tated to by any­one on how to deal with the mat­ter. We en­gage and process things. Please give us space and time to deal with this‚” Ma­gashule said.

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Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule.

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