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.
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.
ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe says President Jacob Zuma has survived 8 motions of no confidence because he had the backing of the party. When the party has taken a decision to recall; “You’re losing that battle”. #ZumaExit #ZumaRecall pic.twitter.com/OEZTGr3lzi— Thulasizwe Simelane (@ThulasSims) February 13, 2018
Zuma, despite the ANC's recall, pleaded for an extended stay at the Union Buildings.