SACP leadership. File picture: Itumeleng English

Johannesburg - The South African Communist Party on Saturday dismissed reports that it will support President Jacob Zuma in the debate on a motion of no confidence in the National Assembly on August 8, and reiterated its call for Zuma to resign.

"The South African Communist Party has been inundated with calls from the media regarding the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma," the SACP said in a statement.

"There is a persistent attempt suggesting that the SACP will be supporting President Zuma on Tuesday, August 8. This unfortunate attempt debases the straight forward clarification given. It has generated a lot of fake news and unnecessary reactions to it. It has therefore necessitated that the SACP succinctly sets the record straight: The SACP reiterates its consistent call for President Zuma to resign. If the president does not resign, the ANC should recall him," the SACP said.

Media reports earlier on Saturday suggested the SACP would vote to keep "Zuma's government" in power. 

SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo was quoted as having said the SACP did not have a "mandate to support the removal of the whole ANC-led government or executive". 

"Its mandate is specifically to pursue the resignation of President Zuma," he said.