African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Gwede Mantashe has dismissed any notion of the governing party recalling President Jacob Zuma as head of state. This follows reports that fresh attempts are underway to remove Zuma from office.
Mantashe’s warning comes amid mounting calls on the newly elected NEC to recall President Zuma as the first citizen.
The NEC is set to meet for the first time on Wednesday. The agenda will be dominated by discussions of the upcoming January 8 Statement ceremony expected to be held in the Eastern Cap next week Saturday.
It’s believed that some NEC members who previously pushed the executive to recall President Zuma may renew the calls.
Mantashe has called on governing party’s newly elected leadership to work together and unite the ANC.
Three of the new top six elected last month, including Mantashe, were perceived as supporters of new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and the other three as backers of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whom Rampahosa edged out in the race for the top party post.
Mantashe spoke at a wreath-laying ceremony in Wattville, east of Johannesburg, for late ANC president Oliver Tambo.
“ANC government must assist people to do what they want to do and fulfil their dreams. ANC must facilitate growth of hard workers, if we are given land and we expropriate without compensation it must not be land grabs it must be a systematic way of giving people land to use it productively.”
“You elect a president who is rich who will not be tempted to steal.”
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