If the ANC had its claws out for Jacob Zuma to remove him from office, yesterday’s meeting proved there were more important things to discuss as Zuma walked away unscathed as his future was not on the agenda in the committee’s first meeting.
Two NEC members who spoke to News24, confirmed that his fate was not deliberated on during the meeting held ahead of the party’s 106th birthday celebrations which take place on Saturday.
Instead the focus of the meeting was on the statement set to be delivered by party president Cyril Ramaphosa during the celebrations at the Buffalo City Stadium. According to one of the sources, the statement carries a heavy emphasis on fighting corruption.
There has been speculation that Zuma is likely to suffer the fate of his predecessor former president Thabo Mbeki, who was recalled with more than a year remaining on his term in office.
It is believed that there is a faction from within the new NEC that is expected to lobby to have Zuma ousted from his seat as the country’s president in an attempt to clean up the party’s image in the lead up to the 2019 general elections.
Feeling the pressure, Zuma announced on Tuesday that he’d decided to finally set up a long-awaited commission into state capture which will be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who had been recommended by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as per remedial action proposed by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.