Mantashe lashes ANC provinces’ Nkandla pronouncements
The ANC has rebuked its provincial structures for not following party processes.
Secretary general Gwede Mantashe said provinces have no authority to make pronouncements about the recent Constitutional Court ruling against President Jacob Zuma.The court found that Zuma violated the constitution after he failed to comply with the remedial actions suggested by the Public Protector. There has been widespread calls for Zuma to resign, ranging from opposition parties, Struggle heroes and civil society.The ANC in Gauteng broke ranks on Tuesday, saying Zuma must do the right thing and resign.
Mantashe says that provinces are jumping the gun by proclaiming their opinion on Zuma’s future at the Union Buildings.“Many of these comrades are not appreciating the complexity of the matter we are dealing with,” said Mantashe.“That’s why they think we are in a beauty contest and they must compete in the media. There is no province that is a super province that must reprimand another province.“We have held a number of meetings here in the Eastern Cape, where I am now. And we have not made a pronouncement in any of those. There is no province which has authority over another.“We are busy with these consultations, and we will meet at the end of these consultations.“These are proposals and not decisions. We will meet at the end of those consultations. All of those are not decisions.”
Mantashe has also slammed provinces defending Zuma and those calling for his removal as being pre-emptive.He has called on all ANC branches to rather speak for themselves after the regional and provincial consultations. Feedback will be tabled at a national executive committee meeting.