ANC chief whip says new ANC president should force Zuma to resign

ANC chief whip says new ANC president should force Zuma to resign

- ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says ANC should recall Zuma after the elective conference

- Mthembu warns that ANC should take heed of current events in Zimbabwe

- ANC's 54th National Elective Conference takes place from 16-20 December

African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu says the next president of the ANC should force Jacob Zuma to resign as President of the Republic after the party’s elective conference in December.

ANC chief whip says new ANC president should force Zuma to resign

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu. Photo: Businesstech.co.za

Mthembu has warned the ANC to take heed of unfolding events in neighbouring Zimbabwe and says like Zimbabwe South Africa is in desperate need of fresh leadership.

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The will elect a new president (along with other leadership positions) at its 54t National Elective Conference which takes place from the 16th to the 20th of December in Johannesburg. Although seven candidates are in the running the race is widely seen as being between current deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Briefly.co.za learned from Eyewitness News that Mthembu did not mince his words when he called for Zuma to be removed from office. He said: “You can’t keep him there.”

Mthembu says the ANC needs to self-correct as quickly as possible after the elective conference in order to prevent a voter revolt. He feels it would be impossible for the party to enact the necessary changes in government while Zuma was still serving as the head of the government.

The ANC has suffered huge reputational damage in recent years with some analysts even predicting that the party could lose the 2019 general elections. Corruption scandals and factional battles have at times looked like causing a potential split within the party.

Zuma still has two years remaining in his second term as president of the country but the ANC could if it deemed fit recall him and install a temporary president in his place as it did with Thabo Mbeki after Zuma was elected ANC president.

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Source: Politics.briefly.co.za

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