MUCH ANTICIPATED MEETING OF ANC’S TOP DECISION-MAKING COMMITTEE POSTPONED

JOHANNESBURG– A much anticipated meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC), the top decision-making body of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s ruling party, which was to have taken place on Wednesday, has been postponed to Feb 17 and 18.

The ANC said in a statement here Tuesday that following a directive from ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, following fruitful and constructive discussions between him and South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday evening, the special NEC sitting has been postponed to Feb 17 and 18.

Earlier, the ANC said the NEC had mandated the party’s top six officials — Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza, Secretary-General Ace Magashuele, National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe, Treasure General Paul Mashatile and Deputy Secretary-General Jesse Duarte — to discuss President Jacob Zuma’s future.

Duarte said Tuesday: We haven’t been given an opportunity to deal with this matter in a fairly steady and calm way, which would have been a better option and that option is no longer available to us and therefore, we decided on having an urgent NEC meeting.

The NEC received feedback from the party’s top six leaders, who met with President Zuma on Sunday, where he reportedly seemed reluctant to stand down.

However, speaking to SABC News on Tuesday evening, ANC Chip Whip Jackson Mthembu denied any knowledge of the postponement of the NEC meeting.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK