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ANC NEC Meeting Outcomes: As widely anticipated, President Jacob Zuma emerged the biggest winner at the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) over the weekend.
The embattled President left the meeting which held from the 26th to the 28th May 2017 unscathed and unfazed, surviving another bid to purge him.
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Multiple sources confirmed that he went as far as challenging and threatening his opponents ‘not to push me too far.’
A motion of no confidence tabled ANC NEC member Joel Netshitenzhe didn’t yet another positive result despite the member citing the state of the ANC under the president and growing calls from the party’s alliance partners, its stalwarts and civil society for the president to leave office.
Netshitenzhe is a respected party greybeard and former policy chief in the presidency under Thabo Mbeki.
Zuma’s opponents in the ANC NEC reportedly consists of 92 elected members and 21 ex officio members. But during the debate, almost 60 members stood up in support of the president while his opponents couldn’t muster 20 voices to back the motion of no-confidence.
At an ANC NEC meeting held in December 2016, former minister Derek Hanekom proposed a motion of no confidence in him, but it was squashed. Hanekom was dismissed on March 31.
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In a media briefing held on Monday, Gwede Mantashe, like the countless times before, announced the party’s decision not to recall the ANC strongman.
ANC NEC Outcomes
- The ANC NEC welcomed the ongoing interactions with the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA) and traditional leaders in general, promising to continue engagements with the SACC.
- As part of leadership transition at the 54th National Conference, the ruling party promised to implement, refine and advance policies that solve the problems of South Africans – inequality, unemployment and poverty.
- The NEC also demanded a detailed analysis of the consequences of removing the President.
- They scheduled to hold a meeting with the Alliance Political Council on the 4th and 5th June with the aim of settling the differences between the Alliance Partners – Cosatu and SACP.
- Ten (10) ANC NEC members were delegated to assist and help the Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) during its National Conference this year.
- The NEC agreed to deliberate more on the principles that are required for the next ANC leader. However, ANC structures were given the green light to start discussing names of preferred candidates.
- Nominations will be opened in September 2017 but members were advised not to tarnish the image of the party or potential candidates in the process of the activities.
- On the motion of no confidence in President Zuma, ANC NEC members warned that no ANC MPs should vote against Zuma, in line with the decision of the ANC Caucus as failure to do so is in violation of Rule 126.96.36.199 of the ANC Constitution.
- The committee accepted the proposal for the establishment of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry into allegations of state capture immediately, as tabled in the Political Report.
- The NEC deliberated on the challenges facing Eskom and the SABC. It unanimously agreed that the appointment of Eskom boss Brian Molefe should be cancelled.
- Following the damning downgrades by three rating agencies, the NEC promised to commits to the expenditure ceiling in 2017 budget and to stabilise debt levels in the country.
- The NEC agreed that women must desist from withdrawing sexual cases and families must stop negotiating sexual cases so that the law can take its course.
- The ANC-led government also promised to establish a single crime report contact point on each street.
- On the recent spate of brutal killings of women and children in the country, the NEC expressed deep concern and commissioned a special presentation by the Wits City Institute on gender-based violence with a particular focus on intimate partner femicide.
No doubt, ANC drama is not ending any time soon.