‘We’ll re­move Zuma our­selves’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - NONI MOKATI and RIVALANI MYAMBO

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.

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