ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive af­firms Zuma sup­port

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide -

JOHANNESBURG — The ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee did not sup­port calls for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down, party sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said yes­ter­day.

“We af­firm him as the pres­i­dent of the party and the coun­try,” Man­tashe said at a brief­ing on the out­comes of the NEC meet­ing, held in Pre­to­ria over the week­end.

This was the party’s fi­nal sched­uled gath­er­ing for 2016.

NEC mem­ber and Tourism Min­is­ter Derek Hanekom is un­der­stood to have raised the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Zuma on Satur­day.

It was pro­posed that a se­cret bal­lot be held. Man­tashe and his deputy Jessie Duarte how­ever said this was not how the party did things.

“All mem­bers of the NEC had an op­por­tu­nity to raise, in the meet­ing, the is­sues they feel that are hurting the move­ment,” said Man­tashe.

He said the 80-plus NEC mem­bers were al­lowed to speak freely, re­gard­less of whether they were for or against Zuma.

Man­tashe said the NEC dis­cussed the se­ri­ous threats fac­ing the na­tional demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion: racism, eth­nic na­tion­al­ism, and mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.

These were among the is­sues the party hoped to ad­dress at its pol­icy con­fer­ence in June 2017. Some party mem­bers and vet­er­ans had called for the ANC to hold a con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence, to dis­cuss its future.

Man­tashe said a con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence would form part of the pol­icy con­fer­ence. The first two days of the event would be ded­i­cated to in­tro­spec­tion and “self­cor­rec­tion”.

“The first two days of the con­fer­ence will be utilised to as­sess the state of the or­gan­i­sa­tion as en­vis­aged in the vet­er­ans’ call,” said Man­tashe.— New

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