Pres­i­dent faces new re­volt in ANC ranks

Se­cret bal­lot poses a fresh threat


PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma faces re­newed at­tempts on dif­fer­ent fronts to try and un­seat him, with some ANC MPs ready to use the se­cret bal­lot, if granted, to once again show their dis­ap­proval of his lead­er­ship.

Se­nior ANC MP Mathole Mot­shekga re­vealed yes­ter­day that Zuma will be forced to re­sign at the party’s na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber if he re­fuses to quit of his own vo­li­tion.

With the ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence ap­proach­ing this weekend, sev­eral MPs told Independent Me­dia yes­ter­day that the dis­cus­sions among ANC caucus mem­bers in Par­lia­ment have markedly changed from just vot­ing for the party line on a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence in Zuma.

The pol­icy con­fer­ence start­ing in Nas­rec, Jo­han­nes­burg on Fri­day, was set to be a dress re­hearsal of the suc- ces­sion battle be­tween those sup­port­ing Zuma and the can­di­date he prefers as his suc­ces­sor, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

On Thurs­day, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court threw the ball firmly in Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s court, rul­ing that she had pow­ers to in­sti­tute a se­cret bal­lot.

Zuma told Par­lia­ment on Thurs­day that he was not in sup­port of the se­cret bal­lot, a move which piled pres­sure on Mbete on what de­ci­sion to take.

Yes­ter­day some of the ANC MPs said that should a se­cret bal­lot be al­lowed, they would vote against Zuma de­spite the party in­struc­tion to back the pres­i­dent.

One se­nior party MP said al­though there was a stand­ing de­ci­sion by the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to sup­port Zuma, that could change if a se­cret bal­lot was al­lowed.

“When the mat­ter comes up, the party de­ci­sion is there. Whether that’s a se­cret bal­lot, that is a dif­fer­ent mat­ter.

“I suspect that a few peo­ple might vote dif­fer­ently. Maybe more, it’s pos­si­ble,” said the ANC MP.

An­other se­nior ANC mem­ber of Par­lia­ment said there were bound to be new dis­cus­sions in the caucus fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court.

“The new dis­cus­sion in the caucus on the court judg­ment is there be­cause even some of the se­nior of­fi­cials said there will be an­other dis­cus­sion,” said the ANC MP.

But an­other long-serv­ing ANC MP said the caucus would back Zuma.

“You are deal­ing here with ANC de­ploy­ees here in Par­lia­ment on an ANC man­date. The sit­u­a­tion should not have even landed in Par­lia­ment. The NEC should have given guid­ance on this mat­ter be­cause it will cause ten­sions,” he said.

“I hope the lead­er­ship will guide us be­cause the sit­u­a­tion on the ground is shift­ing against the ANC. If this is not ad­dressed by De­cem­ber, it will cause fur­ther dam­age to the ANC,” he said.

ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu has in­sisted that ANC MPs will toe the party line ir­re­spec­tive of whether it was a se­cret bal­lot or not.

Mthembu said this week it was the po­si­tion of the ANC that it would not sup­port op­po­si­tion par­ties in their bid to oust Zuma.

The se­cret bal­lot has be­come a proxy in the battle not only to oust Zuma but also to weaken his pre­ferred can­di­date to suc­ceed him, former African Union Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Yes­ter­day, Mot­shekga said they would force Zuma to re­sign as head of state at the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

“We had said we would ap­peal for the pres­i­dent to step down. If he doesn’t step down, the con­fer­ence is com­ing and in that con­fer­ence he will have no choice but to,” he said.

Mot­shekga was ad­dress­ing the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers’ youth struc­ture at Olympia Park Sta­dium in Rusten­burg.

Mot­shekga said the time had come to root out cor­rup­tion.

“The De­cem­ber con­fer­ence is for us to say loot­ing must stop.”

Zuma this week told Par­lia­ment that the ANC had elected him into power and that he was fit to lead the coun­try.

Asked if Zuma was lead­ing the party in the right di­rec­tion, Mot­shekga said: “All we are say­ing is that if we have lead­er­ship that (un­der­mines) peo­ple, we can no longer have that lead­er­ship.”

So di­vided is the al­liance on the is­sue of suc­ces­sion that Zuma warned that the SACP looked set to con­test elec­tions on their own.

The com­mu­nists and Cosatu pre­fer Ramaphosa to take over from Zuma.

On Fri­day night, Zuma told a pro­vin­cial coun­cil of the ANC in KwaZulu-Na­tal that the gov­ern­ing party needed to dis­cuss the grow­ing cul­ture of break­aways when it meets from Fri­day.

“We still have not sat down to find the cause of the chal­lenges. Right now a break­away is loom­ing… when we talk about th­ese things.

“Th­ese are the be­gin­nings of what will soon hap­pen,” the pres­i­dent warned.

“Even Cosatu is break­ing away… Even the party (SACP) looks set to fol­low suit. It is speed­ing to­wards break­ing away,” Zuma said. DRUM roll, please! Benni McCarthy’s in the Cape Town area, and tomorrow will be his first day as coach of the coun­try’s fastest-grow­ing foot­ball club, Cape Town City.

Hanover Park boytjie McCarthy, 39, is Bafana Bafana’s lead­ing scorer with 32 goals, and is also re­mem­bered for his role in TKZee’s pop­u­lar kwaito hit, Shi­bobo.

He was named City coach two weeks ago af­ter the de­par­ture of Eric Tin­kler to Su­perS­port United. McCarthy ar­rived in the city from his home in Scot­land today.

He is a Uefa Cham­pi­ons League win­ner with Por­tuguese club FC Porto, and also played for English top-flight teams Black­burn Rovers and West Ham United.

McCarthy played for Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) giants Or­lando Pi­rates be­fore his re­tire­ment in 2013.

He de­cided to be­come a coach and said he had a fiveyear plan for his “sec­ond” ca­reer. “I wanted to com­plete all my coach­ing badges (first), and I didn’t want any dis­trac­tion from it,” McCarthy said.

“I wasn’t look­ing for a coach­ing job (right now). I wasn’t putting my name for­ward for any­thing, be­cause I wanted to com­plete my whole five-year plan, from Level 2, Uefa B, Uefa A and Uefa pro li­cence.”

Four years into his plan, City of­fered McCarthy his first head coach­ing po­si­tion, and his wife Stacey and daugh­ter Lima, 5, told him to ac­cept the chal­lenge.

McCarthy, who wants a topeight fin­ish in the PSL next sea­son, said it won’t be easy man­ag­ing the club af­ter it fin­ished third in the league and won the Telkom Knock­out in its de­but sea­son in 2016/17.

“I want to play good foot­ball, the kind of foot­ball that peo­ple want to pay money to come and see. Also, to play with a win­ning men­tal­ity,” he said.

Be­lea­guered Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is un­der fresh waves of at­tack.

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