No decision taken to remove Jacob Zuma, says Magashule
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.
Secretary-General Ace Magashule.