Mbalula, Gigaba Turn Their Back Against Zuma

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JOHANNESBURG: President Jacob Zuma is expected to respond to the African National Congress (ANC), National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision to recall him on Wednesday, it would appear more ANC members and officials have already turn their back on Zuma. 

Speaking to CNN on Tuesday night, the Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba – a Zuma ‘loyalist’ – said he expects Zuma to do the right thing and resign.

“Particularly because they’re going to bring about the much required political certainty and policy certainty that we need in order to get South African economy growing beyond the levels that keeps growing at the present moment,” said Gigaba.

Gigaba said that Zuma must step down to allow ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to take over as head of state, following the announcement to recall him yesterday.

Meanwhile, more Zuma supporters are said to have turn against him during the NEC meeting on Monday. According to sources, Ramaphosa was widely praised by the NEC for the way in which he has handled the matter.

“Cyril got loud applause, people appreciated that he tried to avoid this thing from happening (the recall),” added a reliable source.

According to inside sources, Ramaphosa was widely praised by the NEC for the way in which he has handled the matter. “Cyril got loud applause. People appreciated that he tried to avoid this thing from happening (the recall).”

Another NEC member – who did not want to be named described Zuma as impossible. “He has literally shown the NEC the middle finger. We were exhausted and emotional.”

His approach caused former Zuma supporters like Fikile Mbalula, Pam Tshwete and Nomvula Mokonyane to speak in favour of a recall. “Pam Tshwete used to insult us (Ramaphosa supporters) in NEC meetings in defence of Zuma. We were surprised,” said an NEC member.

On Tuesday morning, Zuma was told that he had until Wednesday 10am to step down as the head of state.