Resign or face 'the vultures': Mantashe tells Zuma

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe told ANC supporters in the Eastern Cape that President Jacob Zuma will face tough consequences if he continues to cling to power against his party’s wishes. Video: eNCA
File: ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe says the governing party gave President Jacob Zuma space to step down with dignity. Photo: Gulshan Khan / AFP

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma will face tough consequences if he continues to cling to power against his party’s wishes, African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

“As a disciplined cadre of the ANC, you are given a chance to resign on your own. But if you lack discipline, you will resist. Once you resist, we are going to let you be thrown out through the vote of no confidence, because you disrespect the organisation and you disobey it. Therefore we are going to let you be devoured by the vultures," he said.

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Speaking in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, Mantashe said ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) must not vote with the opposition on a motion of no confidence against Zuma.

“The worst thing you can do as an ANC member is to vote with the opposition. The ANC must be able to raise that motion on its own, but that will be considered when caucus meets.”

ANA reported him saying the party had done everything to negotiate a dignified exit for Zuma, but that he had continuously disobeyed and disrespected the ANC.

Mantashe said the ANC was forced to remove Zuma following resolutions at its 54th national conference at Nasrec in December.

"We took a decision at the conference to fight against corruption, looting and the state capture.

"We saw that it will be impossible to achieve this with two presidents. We then took a decision to ask the other one to retire," he said.

The president has survived eight attempts to remove him as the president.

Zuma, despite the ANC's recall, pleaded for an extended stay at the Union Buildings.

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