African National Congress (ANC) branches in the Eastern Cape have called for President Jacob Zuma to be removed from office.
This follows after the ruling party saw disastrous results after the local government elections, resulting in the party losing key Metropolitan Municipalities.
ANC branches in Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay met over the weekend and the call to request for Zuma’s removal was made.
It is said during the meeting, the two branches together with the Youth League voiced out their frustrations regarding Zuma’s presidency.
The official call for Zuma to resign was made by delegates who attended the ANCYL General Council which was held in East London on Sunday. The meeting was also attended by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.
It is understood that delegate blamed Zuma’s association with the Gupta family and the R246-million upgrade to his Nkandla homestead for the ANC’s poor performance in the recent poll, which saw the party lose control of Nelson Mandela Bay, among others.
ANC’s Yure Mdyogolo branch member, Thabang Maseko, brought up the issue and then advised Mantashe that they shouldn’t allow Zuma to drag the organisations down with him.
“Instead of risking losing the elections in 2019, the president needs to go, even if it means him taking a long sick leave,” said Maseko.
The ANCYL in the province said there was no need for the ANC to call an early elective conference and that Zuma had to go instead.
With the ANC in the Eastern Cape being the first party structure to call for Zuma’s head after the elections, it is unclear on whether the ANC in Gauteng will join Eastern Cape.
Previously the ANC resolved that Zuma must resign as president of both the ANC and the country or he should be suspended and subjected to an internal integrity commission or disciplinary commission.
This was after the Constitutional Court delivered it judgment on the Nkandla matter.