ANC NEC get underway, 'Guptas' on the agenda

Sat 29 October 2016 | -- (permalink)

• Breaking NewsANC NEC get underway, ‘Guptas’ on the agendaANCBy Staff Reporter The ANC’s National Executive Committee is set to get underway in Pretoria on Friday, which could be seen to be a turning point for the ruling party.

It’s been a turbulent time for the ANC as allegations that the politically connected Gupta family, said to be close to President Jacob Zuma, were making Cabinet jobs offers to party members.

This week Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor claimed that the Guptas offered them Cabinet positions. Both said they declined the offer. The Guptas have denied both allegations.

The NEC is expected to discuss this issue and receive a report back from the ANC’s top six following a meeting with the Gupta family.

Following Jonas’s revelations, the ANC said the appointment of ministers was the president’s prerogative and was not decided by any individuals or families because of their “bank balance”. “The confirmation that the Gupta family… unelected as they are, they offer people ministerial positions including replacements… is an issue of serious concern because it erodes the authority and credibility of the authority of the president, that of government and the leadership of the African National Congress,” spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said at the time. “The ANC must act decisively to send a very unambiguous and clear message that it won’t allow its government including leadership of the ANC to be influenced by any individual regardless of their balance sheet.”

There has been speculation regarding whether Zuma could find himself facing a recall.

However, on Thursday, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said no one had asked for the recall of the president to be put on the agenda for the meeting. Several ANC sources have told News24 that they are still standing firm behind the the president.

The party was expected to would show a united front for Zuma, with some saying he would emerge even stronger from the NEC meeting.