Zuma survives ANC attempt to oust him as head of state

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, survived the recent no-confidence vote against him at a meeting of the ruling African National Congress party on Sunday.

At the briefing, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the NEC wanted an inquiry into state capture as soon as possible.

"The NEC want to see processes of reviewing the Public Protectors report accelerated so that they are not an obstacle to the speedy establishment of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture".

Mantashe said the ANC NEC supports that move but have to go back to post independence and establish if the government have been captured by business.

The first issue up will be the opposition's vote of no confidence in Parliament against Zuma.

"A number of members of the NEC were of the view that the ANC should listen to this call".

Citing two unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC), an English-language online news publication, News24, said that Zuma survived the heated NEC meeting that lasted late into the night.

Zuma, whose presidential term ends in 2019, also survived a bid to remove him at the NEC's previous meeting in November a year ago. "It's not about removing one man, it's about dislodging the ANC", he said.

Mantashe said while he did not believe the stalwarts supported the agenda of opposition parties, individuals needed to be mindful of the outcome their calls could have.

The party defined an act of misconduct as: Acting on behalf of or in collaboration with counter-revolutionary forces, a political organisation or party other than an organisation or party in alliance with the ANC, and in a manner contrary to the aims, policies and objectives of the ANC.

ANC succession debateWith just seven months until the party's national elective conference in December, the NEC has tried to put a lid over increasing interest in the succession debate until after its policy conference in July.

The paper also alleged that the Guptas paid for a deluxe suite at the five-star Oberoi Hotel in Dubai for Eskom executive Matshela Koko, who was later appointed as the power utility's acting CEO.

  • Zachary Reyes