Eyewitness News (EWN) understands the President Jacob Zuma has told ANC NEC members he won't step down until the party's branches who elected him instruct him to.
It is understood Zuma addressed the NEC meeting after surviving another bid to have him recalled.
The body met this past weekend and debated the matter after NEC member Joel Netshitenzhe raised the issue, calling on the President to consider stepping down.
EWN'S Clement Manyathela shared details on the President's response.
The three NEC sources that I spoke to were actually surprised by how furious the President was.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Apparently he even mentioned those reports of him being poisoned, saying he knows that he was poisoned with the intention of being killed, telling NEC members that he knows the people that are plotting against him and he knows where they are getting the money.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Also suggesting and telling the meeting that there are countries and foreign forces that are backing these people that are calling for his removal.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Manyathela says he has told the NEC that he cannot be blamed for the party's poor performance during the local government elections.
The President in his closing remarks said you can't blame me for that and directly referred to Gauteng and said I know that you guys hate me, it's actually you as the leadership as the province that don't like me but people on the ground in Gauteng like me. You cant blame me for what happened in Tshwane because those are the failures of the party in dealing with regional issues.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
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