ANC in KZN backs Zuma amid calls for res­ig­na­tion

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DUR­BAN — The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says it does not see any rea­son for the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) to call on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down.

“We are not aware of any jus­ti­fied rea­sons for the pres­i­dent to not con­clude his term of of­fice,” ANC pro­vin­cial spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli said yes­ter­day.

Ntuli was speak­ing out­side the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court where Dawie Kriel, who stands ac­cused of mak­ing a racist Face­book post, ap­peared.

Ntuli said the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the party had heard of the NEC de­vel­op­ment in the news.

“We heard that some peo­ple re­ported to the me­dia that some [in the NEC] ad­vanced a vote of no con­fi­dence for the pres­i­dent of the ANC.”

Ntuli said that had not been con­firmed by “any lead­er­ship of our move­ment”.

“We re­gard it to be a ru­mour. Be­cause it is a ru­mour, we are not pre­pared to glo­rify it and re­spond to it.”

He added: “What we know for a mat­ter of fact is that we elected a na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and Pres­i­dent Zuma is the leader and we ex­pect them to lead us up to the next con­fer­ence.”

News24 ear­lier re­ported that at least three mem­bers of Zuma’s Cab­i­net had led an im­pas­sioned call for him to step down or that the NEC vote to re­move him.

Tourism Min­is­ter Derek Hanekom, Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi and Pub­lic Works Min­is­ter Thu­las Nx­esi asked him to re­sign. They were strongly sup­ported by ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu. — AP

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