Members of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) reportedly agreed to withdraw a divisive motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Monday.
The New Age newspaper reported on Tuesday the proposal, understood to have been tabled by NEC member and Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom on Saturday, had failed because the party’s highest decision-making structure chose party unity over growing discontent with Zuma’s continued stay in power.
The paper, owned by the controversial Gupta family, cited sources within the NEC, who said the extended meeting that took place in Irene, Tshwane, was “robust” and was the most “serious” challenge to Zuma’s leadership they had witnessed for a while. However, “sense finally prevailed”.
“It is not our tradition to vote on issues in the NEC. Consensus was reached on the withdrawal of the proposal in the interests of party unity,” claimed a source.
Another source said the task for the ANC now was to move forward as a united collective.
There will be a press conference at 2pm on Tuesday to discuss developments that took place throughout Monday, but a Cabinet reshuffle is now almost certainly on the cards after a number of ministers and top ANC members decided to speak out openly against the president.
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