SACP to mo­bilise for Zuma’s re­moval

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - LUY­OLO MKEN­TANE @luy­olomken­tane

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma is not go­ing to have a free pass to the end of his ten­ure at the Union Build­ings in 2019.

This was a warn­ing yes­ter­day from ANC stal­warts and tri­par­tite al­liance part­ners in the wake of his sur­vival of a sec­ond mo­tion of no con­fi­dence at the re­cent ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing.

The SA Com­mu­nist Party said it would mo­bilise for Zuma’s re­moval in the same way it did to dis­man­tle apartheid.

SACP spokesper­son Alex Mashilo told The Star that the party’s cen­tral com­mit­tee meet­ing, which starts to­mor­row would also dis­cuss what needed to be done to stop the “can­cer­ous rot that is eat­ing away our move­ment”.

The meet­ing, end­ing on Sun­day in Joburg, would also pre­pare for the 14th na­tional congress to be held in Tsh­wane from July 10 to July 15.

Mashilo said the SACP was al­ready driv­ing pub­lic mo­bil­i­sa­tion cam­paigns against chal­lenges dog­ging the rul­ing al­liance.

“We were the first or­gan­i­sa­tion to call for a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture. But it must be noted that we are not part of the anti-Zuma bri­gade.

“We are even not anti-Zuma. We are against state cap­ture, cor­rup­tion, mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and de­gen­er­a­tion of our move­ment… hap­pen­ing un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Zuma. Ac­tion must be taken, right at the head, to bring these so­cial ills to an end.”

He said they would also mo­bilise so­ci­ety against Zuma’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, “in the same way we mo­bilised our peo­ple against the apartheid regime”.

ANC stal­wart Fazel Ran­dera told The Star that they would reach out to the ANC’s struc­tures and its al­liance part­ners, and var­i­ous civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, mo­bil­is­ing against Zuma, in an ef­fort for the pres­i­dent to re­sign.

“We will reach out to other or­gan­i­sa­tions, al­liance part­ners, ANC struc­tures, to con­tinue rais­ing mat­ters we have been rais­ing,” he said.

The stal­warts wrote to the NEC im­plor­ing them to re­call Zuma from his po­si­tion.

Cosatu spokesper­son Sizwe Pamla said the labour fed­er­a­tion’s cen­tral com­mit­tee meet­ing, end­ing today in Irene, out­side Pre­to­ria, would pronounce on the way for­ward.

“Look, the cen­tral com­mit­tee is dis­cussing ev­ery­thing that will be hap­pen­ing go­ing for­ward. There is a com­mis­sion deal­ing with that mat­ter (Zuma’s re­moval). At the end, it will be ex­plained as to what should ex­actly hap­pen go­ing for­ward,” he said.

Cosatu re­cently took a de­ci­sion to sup­port Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to suc­ceed Zuma when he steps down as ANC leader in De­cem­ber, and to bar Zuma from ad­dress­ing its gath­er­ings.

And in what was viewed as a move to avert em­bar­rass­ment of of­fi­cials sup­port­ing Zuma, the ANC de­ployed Ramaphosa to ad­dress the cen­tral com­mit­tee meet­ing.

There were fears that fail­ure to grant Cosatu af­fil­i­ates their wish to be ad­dressed by Ramaphosa could lead to whichever leader de­ployed by the ANC be­ing booed in the same man­ner Zuma was on May Day in Bloem­fontein.

But there ap­pears to be lit­tle ap­petite to re­move Zuma through the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence tabled by op­po­si­tion par­ties in Par­lia­ment.

On Tues­day, ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu re­it­er­ated that ANC MPs were ex­pected to vote ac­cord­ing to the party line, whether or not the vote is se­cret.

Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son Kebby Maphat­soe, a staunch Zuma sup­porter, has told The Star they would not al­low calls for Zuma to step down. He said they were in­flu­enced by out­side forces ag­i­tat­ing for regime change in the coun­try.

Ac­tion must be taken, right at the head

PIC­TURE: PHANDO JIKELO

FRIV­O­LOUS: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma shares a joke with ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu af­ter Zuma de­liv­ered the Pres­i­dency’s bud­get speech in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. Zuma re­ceived a chilly re­cep­tion from op­po­si­tion MPs.

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