Zuma meets with the ANC's integrity commission


This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recent floods in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma is expected to meet with the ANC’s integrity commission on Saturday.

The party insists that he has not been charged with any offence but is merely honouring an invitation.

Zuma’s presidency has been dogged by one scandal after another, resulting in calls for him to step down.

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After its poor performance in the August local government elections talks about President Zuma's competence to lead the party and country were ignored by the ANC.

However last Sunday it was reported that Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom tabled a motion for the president to step down when the ANC's highest decision-making body, the national executive committee, met in Irene, Pretoria.

The weekend meeting was scheduled to end on Sunday but was extended into Monday.  

There were concerns that Hanekom and those who backed his motion would be relieved of their ministerial duties and speculations of a cabinet reshuffle were rife.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe allayed those fears.

"During the course of these discussions, a call was made for the ANC president Comrade Jacob Zuma, to consider stepping down as the President of the Republic of South Africa. The NEC decided, though, that the issue was neither in the report nor the political overview of the President, to allow the debate without suppression. So that was debated openly, freely, anybody was free to make any statement," Mantashe said.

Although the call was defeated, the scandals surrounding the president do not sit well with ANC elders.

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The party's  national spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said, "The president is not appearing before the integrity commission, the report I think is an over-exaggeration. The integrity commission has written to the president to invite him for a meeting."

"They are meeting with the president to discuss the health and state of the African National Congress, he's not appearing as though there are charges."

It is unclear if the outcomes of the meeting will be made public.