Recalling Zuma will tear ANC apart: Mantashe

The African National Congress (ANC) says recalling President Jacob Zuma would tear the organisation apart. The governing party addressed the media after the President on Friday night.

The party said it accepted President Zuma’s apology and the announcement that he would abide by the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla. The ANC top six, which had met earlier, says opposition parties’ calls for impeachment are exaggerated.

Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says President Zuma was always aware that he needed to approach the courts if he had misgivings about the Public Protector’s directive that he should pay back some of the money.

Ndlozi says the President must be forced to step down.

“ Ordinary South Africans can’t get jobs in government, they can’t hold public office when they have been found guilty by a court of law. They don’t even get to be asked whether they intended to steal or not whether they intended to kill or not a mere verdict of guilty means they cannot hold public office. President Zuma is not above the law he must humble himself and resign and therefore we reject his apology as a clear demonstration that he is defying the highest law, the highest court in the land.”

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