JOHANNESBURG – The newly elected ANC NEC last night debated whether President Jacob Zuma should be recalled from his governing role.
The NEC asked the party's top six officials to finalise plans for Zuma's exit.
The party resolved that its top six officials woould manage the details of Zuma's exit from the presidency along with the party's new National Working Committee.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa urged caution in dealing with Zuma's departure.
"Whatever we do, we need to deal with this matter with the level of maturity as requires proper decorum. We should never do it in a way that is going humiliate President Zuma, we should never do it in a manner that is going to divide the nation, so we need to do it very carefully," said Ramaphosa.
The motion to debate Zuma's recall was raised by newly elected NEC member David Masondo and backed by Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bheki Cele, according to sources.
.@TeamNews24 reports “motion to recall Zuma was raised by newly elected NEC member David Masondo, the head of the Automotive Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) in Gauteng, late on Friday afternoon.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 19, 2018
The motion was backed by Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bheki Cele” https://t.co/MWJM3R7hJa
Earlier this month, Cele told eNCA’s Siphamandla Goge that the final decision on Zuma's role in governing South Africa would have to be made by the NEC.
“Are we losing by recalling or are we gaining by recalling and then the NEC of the ANC takes a decision,” said Cele.
Earlier, political analyst Karima Brown said that she believed the ANC's top six will move carefully in planning President Jacob Zuma's exit from the Union Buildings.
However she said she did not foresee President Zuma delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February.
“If one looks at the build up to the lekgotla, which was preceded by a one-day NEC meeting... as much as the NEC is divided, the momentum is tipping for Cyril who is dealing with some of the outstanding issues. This is a natural outflow since Cyril won the bruising battle at Nasrec. It's a question of timing and the elegance with which officials will manage this process," said Brown.