Prez refuses ANC calls to resign

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July 10, 2017
Prez refuses ANC calls to resign

KAP VAS: Pres. Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma was asked to step down by the African National Congress’s integrity commission, but he refused, saying only he could “stop the West from capturing the ANC”, the City Press reported yesterday.

This is according to a report, written by the commission and addressed to Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, following meetings between Zuma and the integrity commission in December and April, the newspaper reported.

The six-page report was signed by ANC stalwart and Rivonia Trialist Andrew Mlangeni in his capacity as the commission’s chairman.

It was dated 21 May, a week before the last sitting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) took place in which Zuma survived yet another attempt to have him removed through a proposal to table a motion of no confidence in him.

This was the second such attempt in the space of seven months.

Zuma met members of the integrity commission and, according to the report, refused to resign.

“The essence of the president’s refusal to resign is his belief that there exists a conspiracy by Western governments to oust him as president of the ANC and of the country. Their objective is to replace him in order to capture the ANC,” said the report.

The integrity commission rejected this explanation, saying it made light of the crisis in the governing party, City Press reported.

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