Zuma loy­al­ists bay for blood of ‘sell-outs’

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - LUY­OLO MKENTANE

AWITCH-HUNT has been un­leashed to ex­pose the ANC MPs who voted for the re­moval of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma dur­ing the wa­ter­shed se­cret bal­lot in the Na­tional Assem­bly on Tues­day.

Zuma’s sup­port­ers, em­bold­ened by his nar­row es­cape from be­ing booted out dur­ing a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence vote, want the “sell-outs” to be thrown out of the party.

The Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Veterans As­so­ci­a­tion told The Star yes­ter­day that they were shocked to see so many MPs vot­ing against the party line and were shaken by the out­come.

It was the first time in the his­tory of South Africa’s young democ­racy that ANC MPs had voted with the op­po­si­tion for the re­moval of their sit­ting pres­i­dent.

With the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence loom­ing in De­cem­ber, it was be­com­ing clear that the re­sults of the mo­tion would be used to cor­ner Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s sup­port­ers, who gained an edge in the suc­ces­sion race dur­ing the party’s re­cent pol­icy con­fer­ence.

But ANC tri­par­tite al­liance part­ners the SACP and Cosatu, and ANC head­quar­ters Luthuli House, warned yes­ter­day against a witch­hunt.

Some of the rul­ing party’s struc­tures, Zuma’s acolytes and at least one cab­i­net min­is­ter have called for ac­tion to be taken against the MPs who de­fied the ANC.

Of the 384 MPs who cast their votes by se­cret bal­lot, 177 voted in favour of Zuma’s re­moval, 198 re­jected the mo­tion, and there were nine ab­sten­tions.

This means as many as 35 ANC MPs could have voted “with their con­science” and de­fied their or­gan­i­sa­tion’s or­ders to re­ject the mo­tion.

Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Veterans As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son and Deputy Min­is­ter of De­fence Kebby Maphat­soe said they were shaken by the re­sult.

“To be hon­est, we were very shocked to see so many (ANC) mem­bers of Par­lia­ment vot­ing for the mo­tion. I knew about 13 (ANC) MPs who were not go­ing to vote with us. Oth­ers knew of 35 MPs. But I never ex­pected such a big num­ber,” he said.

Maphat­soe said it would be dif­fi­cult to iden­tify the cul­prits be­cause they had voted by se­cret bal­lot.

“His­tory will catch up with them, they will be known one day. But we do have our sus­pects, such as Dr Makhosi Khoza, Mondli Gun­gubele, Pravin Gord­han and Derek Hanekom,” he said.

All the ANC MPs iden­ti­fied by Maphat­soe had pub­licly de­clared they would vote “with their con­science” and had pub­licly called on Zuma to step down.

“They acted against the in­struc­tions of the ANC, even af­ter we had re­ceived an 11th-hour brief­ing about the way we should vote.

“The ANC must take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against them and re­move them from Par­lia­ment. We can’t have peo­ple who defy party in­struc­tions,” said Maphat­soe, who is a known Zuma ally.

He added that it was clear for ev­ery­one to see that the ANC cau­cus in Par­lia­ment was di­vided.

Small Busi­ness Min­is­ter Lindiwe Zulu has ac­cused ANC MPs who voted with the op­po­si­tion of hav­ing sold out and urged that ac­tion be taken against them.

ANC Youth League sec­re­tary-gen­eral Njab­ulo Nzuza said those who had voted for Zuma’s re­moval would be “iden­ti­fied, sus­pended and re­moved from the ANC”.

When asked how that would be achieved, since the vote was se­cret, he said: “Yes it was a se­cret vote, but we are go­ing to kick­start or­gan­i­sa­tional pro­cesses to iden­tify and deal with all those who voted with op­po­si­tion forces.”

Gun­gubele, the former mayor of Ekurhu­leni, said it was merely a ru­mour that MPs who voted with the op­po­si­tion would be iden­ti­fied and dealt with.

“The vote was con­ducted by se­cret bal­lot so that your vote is se­cret. I’m a leader in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, and if I was go­ing to be dis­ci­plined, I would have known that al­ready,” he said.

Khoza, who comes from Zuma’s home prov­ince of KwaZulu-Na­tal, said she would re­spond “ex­ten­sively” to­day.

We were very shocked to see so many MPs vot­ing for the mo­tion

WOMEN in the North­ern Cape and other parts of the coun­try yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated their sup­port for Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to be­come the coun­try’s next pres­i­dent.

ANC lead­ers and sup­port­ers pub­licly threw their weight be­hind Dlamini Zuma dur­ing the Na­tional Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tions held in Galeshewe yes­ter­day.

Hun­dreds of sup­port­ers in ANC re­galia sang and chanted that they are ready for Dlamini Zuma to take over from Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

Zuma, who de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress, openly showed his sup­port for Dlamini Zuma when he went to fetch her from her seat and es­corted her off the stage.

In his ad­dress, Zuma fo­cused on the sig­nif­i­cance of Women’s Day and made no ref­er­ence to the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence brought against him in Par­lia­ment the day be­fore.

Zuma said the gov­ern­ment had made great strides in pro­vid­ing ba­sic ser­vices to the peo­ple… and women were the pri­mary ben­e­fi­cia­ries of gov­ern­ment’s pro­grammes aimed at fight­ing poverty.

“Ba­sic ser­vices such as wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, hous­ing, roads, ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and health have been ex­tended to more com­mu­ni­ties each year since 1994… Women ex­pe­ri­ence change di­rectly when th­ese ser­vices are pro­vided by gov­ern­ment in their com­mu­ni­ties. We as­sure those who are still wait­ing on gov­ern­ment that we will not rest un­til all our com­mu­ni­ties have ba­sic needs which im­prove the qual­ity of life.”

Zuma added that there was still, how­ever, much to be done to eman­ci­pate all women.

“While we cel­e­brate the ad­vance­ment of women in the pub­lic sec­tor, there is a con­tin­ued ex­clu­sion of the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion, both women and Africans, from de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions in the pri­vate sec­tor,” he said.

“The sta­tis­tics in the 20162017 Com­mis­sion for Em­ploy­ment Eq­uity An­nual Re­port paint a bleak pic­ture with re­gards to trans­for­ma­tion. White peo­ple oc­cupy 68% of po­si­tions at top man­age­ment level and 58% at se­nior man­age­ment level.

“Women con­tinue to be un­der-rep­re­sented at 22% and 33% at top and se­nior man­age­ment lev­els re­spec­tively.

“What is of great con­cern is that women con­tinue to strug­gle to en­ter the labour mar­ket, even at lower lev­els, due to lack of skills. As a re­sult, they are forced to turn to the in­for­mal sec­tor to make ends meet.”

Zuma said the in­crease of vi­o­lence against women was also wor­ri­some.

He said law-en­force­ment agencies faced nu­mer­ous chal­lenges when it came to ad­dress­ing th­ese crimes.

“Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, th­ese crimes usu­ally hap­pen be­hind closed doors or in se­cluded ar­eas which are very dif­fi­cult to po­lice.

“Another chal­lenge is vic­tims of­ten with­draw charges of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual of­fences where the of­fender is known to the vic­tim.”

PIC­TURE GCIS

KEEP­ING THE TRA­DI­TION: Mem­bers of the ANC Women’s League, fe­male Strug­gle veterans, the lead­er­ship of var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions, and women from var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties took to the streets of Pre­to­ria to cel­e­brate Women’s Day.

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