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Zuma 'under fire' from ANC meeting

Published Nov 28, 2016

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THE anti-Jacob Zuma lobby in the ANC MEC was in a jubilant mood last night, believing that by the end of Monday he would be ousted as President of South Africa.

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Independent Media learnt on Sunday that the ANC NEC was split down the middle in as far as speakers coming out for or against the motion for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

The motion was tabled by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and had extended the NEC by at least another day.

Sources on both sides of the motion says that by the end of Monday 54 NEC members would have voted for Zuma to go while the pro-Zuma camp may be able to muster a maximum of only 40 votes for him.

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It is understood too that most of those NEC members who are not attending the meeting will either have voted against him or are staying away so as to avoid having to vote.

A source has revealed that 20 NEC members have spoken against the motion, while 20 have moved for it. It is understood that another 14 NEC members are due to speak on the motion on Monday.

Some of those who wants Zuma out, Independent Media has learnt, and headed by Gwede Mantashe are Aaron Motsoaledi, Nomaindia Mfeketo and Naledi Pandor.

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Of those who have spoken against the motion are Malusi Gigaba and Fikile Mbalula.

The source says the pro-Zuma camp is against the secret ballot proposed by the no-confidence backers.

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