The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga says the call by its alliance partner the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the province for President Jacob Zuma to step down before the State on Nation Address next month, is an issue to be dealt with by the National Executive Committee.

Cosatu made this statement during the Joe Slovo Memorial Lecture in Kanyamazane over the weekend.

ANC provincial spokesperson Sasekani Manzini says the ANC in the province cannot be drawn to comment on issues raised by individuals but instead it can deal with party organisation resolutions.

“We don’t respond to statements made at different events but we rely on organisational decisions taken by different structures of the alliance, hence we can’t comment on what was raised in a rally or anywhere else. The NEC is dealing with that matter so we can’t as different provinces discuss that matter,” says Manzini.

Cosatu Provincial secretary Thabo Mokoena said Zuma should step down as president of the country.

“As Cosatu we agree with the Communist Party to say Zuma must step down. Comrades we can’t allow that man to address the State of the Nation Address, that man must go immediately and as Cosatu we are still firm to say away with state capture, away with corruption and away with Zuma.”

Mokoena spoke during the Joe Slovo memorial lecture in KaNyamazane outside Mbombela.

The lecture  was attended by the Provincial Secretary of the SACP, Bonakele Majuba and their National Treasurer Joyce Moloi-Moropa, who delivered the key note address.