The ruling African National Congress (ANC) will not be discussing the recall of President Jacob Zuma as the president of the country, according to party secretary general Ace Magashula.
Magashule was speaking at the East London Convention Centre at the beginning of the party’s national executive committee meeting. There has been speculation that the future of President Zuma will form part a key part of discussions as the party tries to forge unity and restore its public image.
The Zuma presidency years has been marked by divisions and factionalism in the party and allegations of rampant corruption.
On Sunday, ANC NEC member Ronald Lamola said the future of Zuma will be featured during the party NEC meeting.
However, Magashule said: “This is our first NEC special meeting. It is just a meeting to deal with January 8 statement.”
When asked about the issue of two centres of power with Zuma remaining the head of state, and Cyril Ramaphosa the recently elected party president, Magashule said the are no two centres of power, as the ANC is the only centre of power.
He said Zuma and Ramaphosa were engaged in continuous talks. “The president of the country and the president of the ANC are continuously meeting and engaging,” said Magashule.