Jackson Mthembu calls for ANC NEC to resign
The ANC is at odds with itself following the remarks by its chief whip in Parliament – Jackson Mthembu at the weekend calling for the entire ANC NEC to step down.
Mthembu’s comments come after the ANC was hammered at the local government elections in August losing key municipalities in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.
The party is also battling with supporting finance minister Pravin Gordhan who has been charged with fraud. The charges are related to the signing off, of former deputy SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay’s retirement. Pillay was later hired at the agency as a consultant.
The ruling party is also waiting to see what the outcomes of the state capture report will be. Former public protector Thuli Madonsela was unable to release her finding at the end of her tenure earlier this month. President Jacob Zuma interdicted the release of the report. The public protector was asked to investigate allegations that the Gupta family were influencing the appointment of cabinet ministers. That investigation is now in the hands of the new public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Political analyst – Sanusha Naidoo feels Mthembu’s statements are a sign that there is no cohesion within the party. Mthembu says the party needs new leadership to take it to the 2019 national elections. Responding to Mthembu’s statement ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa says no one from the NEC will be resigning, as it would be cowardly and unwise.
Responding to Mthembu’s statement ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa says no one from the NEC will be resigning, as it would be cowardly and unwise.
Bob Mabena host of 180 with Bob – the breakfast show on Kaya, had scheduled to speak to Mthembi this morning. This is what the ANC chief whip said.
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