Zuma slams MPs who voted against him

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - ZI­MASA MATI­WANE

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma has joined calls for the ANC to crack the whip over the ANC MPs who voted for his re­moval in Par­lia­ment, as the fall­out over the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence deep­ened.

“Those who say they have their own con­science are com­rades who take the ANC for granted. Com­rades should have an ANC con­science,” Zuma said.

Zuma, fresh from nar­rowly sur­viv­ing the at­tempt to oust him, said the MPs had played with fire and that he would be “happy if the party took a tough de­ci­sion”.

“We want unity in the ANC, where when de­ci­sions are made, all mem­bers fol­low those de­ci­sions,” he said.

Zuma told hun­dreds of sup­port­ers yes­ter­day at a cadres’ fo­rum in Phon­golo, north­ern KwaZulu-Natal, that ANC MPs who de­fied the party line had con­tra­vened the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion.

“That is why I want the ANC con­sti­tu­tion to work. For those who have two con­sciences to make space (in the Na­tional As­sem­bly) for those who have an ANC con­science.

“Not even five years af­ter they voted for the ANC, they are now vot­ing against it,” Zuma said.

Zuma said he was con­fused as “even the ANC dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee chair­per­son (Derek Hanekom) is ac­cused of be­ing part of the MPs” who voted against him.

He claimed that the no-con­fi­dence vote against him was a ploy to ul­ti­mately re­move the ANC from power.

Zuma ac­cused the MPs of aid­ing en­e­mies of the ANC to di­vide a demo­crat­i­cally elected party by try­ing to re­move the party from power.

“They (op­po­si­tion) are at a point where they are com­fort­able to re­move us be­cause they have in­fil­trated the ANC. It’s un­heard of that an ANC mem­ber would go against the ANC. It’s even rare that ANC mem­bers want to use their con­sciences,” Zuma said.

He added that “com­rades who spoke ill of other com­rades in the me­dia” were anti-ANC unity. “Unity of the ANC is the only way to pro­tect our free­dom.”

ANC trea­surer Zweli Mkhize, the ANC Youth League, the MK Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion and cab­i­net mem­bers such as Lindiwe Zulu have also called for ac­tion against the rogue MPs.

But the ANC at Luthuli House, its head­quar­ters, and its tri­par­tite al­liance part­ners, SACP and Cosatu, have warned against hold­ing a witch-hunt.

Zuma de­fended his re­la­tion­ship with the Gup­tas. “When you are friends with some­one, is that cor­rupt?” he asked.

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