ANC NEC members debate Zuma stepping down
African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) members have now been asked to state whether or not they want President Jacob Zuma to step down.
According to EWN reporter Clement Manyathela, 34 members have said the President should step down, 30 members are in favour of Zuma staing in office and 14 have yet to speak out.
It is believed that three members of the NEC, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, have left the meeting.
The NEC meeting follows Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom's motion of no-confidence against Zuma.
The information we are getting is that it not a vote, it is NEC members merely standing up and saying why the President should or should not step down.Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
They have opted not to go the option of voting.Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has said the meeting is likely to last most of the day.
Listen to EWN's Clement Manyathela below for more information...
Meanwhile ANC in Kwa-Zulu Natal says it was shocked to hear motion of no confidence against the President proposed by NEC members.
ANC KZN spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says the NEC must come to the branches of the ANC and explain their decision to remove the President.
We must distinguish between a deployment and an election to the national executive committee.Mdumiseni Ntuli, ANC KZN spokesperson
Listen to the audio below to hear KZN's position on Zuma motion of no confidence...