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SOUTH AFRICAN RULING PARTY’S NEC HOLDS TWO-DAY MEETING

JOHANNESBURG, The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) is holding a special two-day meeting beginning Thursday as speculation mounts that the ruling party’s top body may recall President Jacob Zuma to avoid two centres of power one at Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters, and the other at the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria.

It is just under a month since the election of the new ANC leadership, with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa being elected the new ANC president, succeeding President Jacob Zuma, and the winds of change are blowing. Those accused of looting State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are especially feeling the heat.

The National Executive Committee is expected to elect its national working committee and sub-committee structures and then confront the elephant in the room, a possible recall of President Zuma.

This issue of having a different president of the ANC and a different president of the country is a very delicate matter and could be seen by others as having two centres of power. But we don’t see it in that regard. There is only one centre of power. The centre of power is the ANC, said Ramaphosa.

However, the ANC is non-committal about Zuma’s immediate future. Some say even if he were to remain as Head of State, his power has diminished.

He’s clearly not making decisions at the moment. The decisions are being made by the new leadership of the ANC, not only Mr Ramaphosa but the other members of the NEC, says Political Analyst Steven Friedman.

He also weighed in on the newfound vigour at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), acting against those implicated in corruption allegations. This would not have happened before the election of Cyril Ramaphosa. It’s happening now only because Cyril Ramaphosa is the ANC president.

Another issue on the agenda is the future of the ANC provincial executive committees in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State Province, whose elections were declared invalid by higher courts. Both are appealing the judgments.

It is yet to be seen if ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule, who is also also the Free State ANC chairman, will steer the discussion regarding his province, as he is seen to be conflicted in the matter. Analysts say he ought to recuse himself during the discussion on this topic.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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