EC ANC defends Zuma comments in wake of Magashule criticism

South Africa

Johannesburg – The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has described as unfortunate, comments made by the party’s secretary-general Ace Magashule regarding its calls for action against former president Jacob Zuma.

Provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi said that while they don’t want to get into a public spat with the secretary-general, it is their belief that all members of the ANC should be subjected to the party’s rules and regulations.

Magashule said the province was populist and ill-disciplined when it told the Mail & Guardian that Zuma should be disciplined for his threat to defy the Constitutional Court.

Zuma said that he would rather go to jail than return to the witness box at the Zondo Commission where a number of allegations have been levelled against him.

Zuma was instructed by the court to return to the commission and provide answers.

The EC ANC defended its right to make public its view on what it believed should happen to Zuma. Ngcukayitobi said the matter was in the interests of both the public and the party.

He added that the provincial leadership and alliance structures had already met to discuss Zuma.

The NEC is set to meet on 12 February, while Zuma is expected back at the commission from the 15th.

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