National 12.8.2016 10:00 am

ANC leaders afraid of confronting Zuma – report

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Michel Bega

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Michel Bega

The fear of losing their power and being demoted has reportedly lead to members of the ANC NEC shelving plans to take on Zuma this weekend.

According to The Sowetan, the reason why the top decision-making body of the ANC will refrain from speaking about President Jacob Zuma and his apparent involvement in the party’s bad showing in the recent election is because they are scared of him.

Two members of the NEC anonymously told the daily paper Zuma would not be made to account for the party’s dwindling popularity among voters. The bulk of the NEC was in favour of shying away of dealing with Zuma’s scandals, which predominantly include Nkandla.

“Everybody knows what the problem here is, but very few people have the appetite to confront the elephant in the room. People are thinking that if they speak out they are going to lose their trappings of power,” said the NEC member.

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He added that remaining in favour with Zuma was the priority of many and this was hypocritical, especially in relation to Zuma.

At a press conference yesterday, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said Zuma’s removal was off the agenda.

“I will never go to any party and put a condition that you remove your leader. If it is done to us it is an issue that we must deal with in the negotiations,” he asserted.

The ANC is facing a tough reality since it lost Nelson Mandela Bay metro and Tshwane to the DA. It failed to garner a majority in Johannesburg and several other councils around the country.


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