ANC to discuss removing Zuma at May meeting: report

The ANC is said to be considering a discussion over removing president Jacob Zuma at a meeting to be held at the end of May, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous senior officials in the party.

According to the report, the issue of the motion of no confidence vote in president Zuma will be raised at the NEC meeting to be held from 26 to 28 May 2017, and some members may bring up the possibility of removing Zuma as president.

The worry is that the possible success of the motion would throw wide open the divisions within the ANC, the sources told Bloomberg, leading to chaos in the party.

However, some analysts have expressed doubt that this will happen.

Notably, Nomura research analyst Peter Attard Montalto said that it was more likely that the ANC’s NEC would double down its support of Zuma and order that no members vote against him in the motion.

The last time a possible Zuma recall was reportedly discussed at a NEC meeting, it was shot down by Zuma’s supporters in the party, who outnumber his opponents, according to Nomura.

The group holds that Zuma controls at least 60% of the NEC, which is enough to quash any opposition to him.

The Constitutional Court is currently considering whether to support opposition parties’ bid to have the no confidence vote take place through secret ballot.

The parties believe that without fear of retaliation from the ANC – which would be afforded buy a secret ballot – many of the ruling parties’ MPs would vote in support of getting president Zuma out.

The ANC says that it is not party policy to vote against the directive given by Luthuli House, and have said outright that, secret ballot or no, it would not vote with opposition parties.

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ANC to discuss removing Zuma at May meeting: report