South African president Zuma facing no confidence vote in ANC - News24 website
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 20:52
The party's National Executive Committee began a meeting outside Pretoria on Saturday and it was scheduled to continue on Sunday.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said on Friday he was not opposed to setting up a commission of inquiry into corruption into his government after anti-graft report alleged he was influenced by the wealthy Gupta family in making government appointments.
Local media reports said several NEC members had tried to force a debate on his future.
Netshitenzhe's motion came in spite of ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe telling journalists earlier that the motion was not on the agenda.
He did not elaborate on what these fundamental issues were‚ but said newspaper headlines about blood on the floor over calls for Zuma's resignation or recall had not yet been seen.
The party leadership was expected to wrap up its talks during the evening.
Zuma is facing a second motion of no confidence in 6 months.
It also published a graphic of supposed support and opposition to Zuma within the 107-member NEC, with 45 against and 41 in favour and the rest unknown.
"The motion was not even mentioned in the political report or in the national working committee", the source said.
This weekend's meeting of the NEC was the first since the controversial cabinet reshuffle, which triggered unprecedented criticism within the ANC.
Zuma has been under increasing pressure to step down from party veterans and members of the African National Congress's communist and union alliance partners, as a series of scandals threaten to erode the ruling party's dominance before the 2019 general vote. The news website also reported there was a long list of speakers for and against the motion.