‘We’ll remove Zuma ourselves’
A SHOWDOWN is looming at the ANC’s national elective conference in December with some senior ANC leaders vowing to dislodge President Jacob Zuma as head of state.
Yesterday, ANC national executive committee member and former chief whip Mathole Motshekga said the party did not need the EFF and the DA to help it remove Zuma.
“We had said we will 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 of 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 the ANC had elected him into power and 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 alleviates people we can no longer have that leadership.”
He said the governing party’s alliance partners, Cos- atu and SA Communist Party, had already called for Zuma to step down.
The December conference would be used to renew the ANC, Motshekga added.
Meanwhile, Cosatu deputy general secretary Solly Phetoe delved into the succession race.
Phetoe told the crowd that ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was the only one to lead the ANC.
Speaking later to Independ- ent Media, he said the union federation wanted the ANC to elect leadership that would have people’s best interest at heart.
“Come December we don’t expect blood to spill.
“We hope those who lose will not leave the ANC and form their own parties like Mosiuoa Lekota did.
“We need to stick together now more than ever before,” Phetoe added.
With the ANC policy conference in a few days, the race to succeed the president gained speed at the weekend.
The presidential campaign by Zuma’s preferred candidate, former AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, got a major boost when she was endorsed by KwaZuluNatal, the ANC’s biggest province by numbers.
This was while the Vhembe region in Limpopo on Friday threw its support behind Ramaphosa, becoming the second region in the province to do so.
The ANC in the Northern Cape was the first province to come out of the blocks in the succession race, backing Ramaphosa.
But Zuma enjoys the support of structures, such as the ANC Women’s League, ANC Youth League and the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association.