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South Africa's ANC says Zuma not standing down

South Africa's ANC says Zuma not standing down

The ANC said there had been a call for him to leave his post but did not confirm media reports that this was made by four ministers and denied reports of a formal no-confidence vote during the debate on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in eThekwini has followed the example of its provincial leadership and backed President Zuma, following calls from within the NEC for him to step down.

As such, the NEC always seeks to persuade one another through argument and does not seek to conclude matters through voting, the ANC said.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom tabled a motion calling for his sacking at a meeting of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC).

"This issue was debated openly, robustly and, as we said, sometimes it was very hard for members themselves", he added. Duarte explained that consensus was reached when the idea did not gain sufficient support, which she said everyone agreed with.

Mantashe said Zuma is unfairly criticized at times.

"That is because Jacob Zuma is not an anomaly within the ANC, he is the norm: he is only the most vivid manifestation of what the ANC has become - an irredeemable and toxic mix of corruption, cronyism and nepotism. At the end of the day, eight ministers and deputy ministers left and all went to Cope", Mantashe said.

Mantashe declared Tuesday the questions about Zuma's leadership were now closed, an apparent warning to the president's opponents to cease plotting against him.

"The revolution is facing serious threats from racism, ethnic nationalism and monopoly capital", he said.

Mr Zuma has been involved in a number of graft investigations since he took office in 2009, and earlier this year a report found "worrying" evidence of illegal influence exerted by the Guptas, a family of businessmen with close ties to the President.

"We heard that some people reported to the media that some (in the NEC) advanced a vote of no confidence for the president of the ANC".

But Mr Mantashe told reporters that the former liberation movement would have a new president to lead it into the 2019 general elections.

"That outcome of the meeting which is trying to nudge all of us to be working for unity", said Mantashe.

These are some of the issues the party was hoping to address when it holds its policy conference in June 2017.

The president, who has survived numerous scandals while in office, has been under renewed pressure since a corruption probe earlier this month unearthed fresh allegations of misconduct. We are not anxious about those cabinet posts. "Because when they get into the NEC meeting of the ANC they're NEC members not ministers", he said.

While nothing has come of it, the move seems to have sent shockwaves through the party's NEC.

The league added that it had faith in national president Collen Maine and secretary Njabulo Nzuza. The president still enjoys support from the rank-and-file ANC members and some of its lawmakers.