Zuma's stubbornness will be a huge embarrasment for the ANC - analyst

Political analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela says if President Jacob Zuma does not resign he will be waging war with the ANC, a party that put him where he is today.

The ANC has given Zuma 48 hours to accept or reject its decision to recall him. He is expected to make his announcement on Wednesday as to whether he is leaving office or not voluntarily.

Mkhabela says if Zuma still refuses to step down, it will be a huge embarrassment to the ANC because it will be forced to join forces with the opposition parties in order to have him removed.

Zuma has asked the ANC NEC during negotiations to allow him three more months before he steps down, but the NEC rejected his request.

Read: 'Zuma has power to decide how humiliating recall will be' ANC Veteran

Three months for Jacob Zuma was never going to be enough. He was obviously going to ask for more when that time comes.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

The idea for him was never to vacate office at all ... That office, he has used it as an instrument to loot, and he has also used it as an instrument to defend himself against any potential prosecution, or being held to account.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

So once he leaves that office he is vulnerable to anything...

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

Mkhabela believes Cyril Ramaphosa has now gained the trust and support of the ANC as well as the country as the next president of the republic.

He says Ramaphosa has taken over a fractured party and still has a long way to go to restore unity within the ANC.

What he has done, to his credit, is the way he has worked with Jacob Zuma, because initially it didn't seem like he wanted to fire Zuma but he wanted to manage the transition.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

He was trying to maintain a good working relationship right up until the NEC took a decision that Zuma must go. Even with that, he tried to handle the situation so that there is no humiliation.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

That process has won him some supporters in the NEC, even staunch Zuma supporters, when they heard how Zuma insulted the NEC, began to change to say that is not the Zuma we supported.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Political analyst

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Zuma's stubbornness will be a huge embarrasment for the ANC - analyst


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
'Zuma has power to decide how humiliating recall will be' ANC Veteran

'Zuma has power to decide how humiliating recall will be' ANC Veteran

Cheryl Carolus, ANC Veteran and Former ANC deputy secretary general shares her views on Zuma's recall.

'Section 90 of the Constitution will kick in should Zuma refuse to resign'

'Section 90 of the Constitution will kick in should Zuma refuse to resign'

If Zuma doesn't respond to recall, a motion of no confidence would have to be passed in Parliament says analyst Judith February.

There's a very good chance Zuma could tell the ANC to get lost, says opposition

There's a very good chance Zuma could tell the ANC to get lost, says opposition

The only guaranteed way for the ANC to get rid of President Zuma is through Parliamentary processes, say DA and UDM officials.

[LISTEN] ANC seems unsure of what to do - Ranjeni Munusamy

[LISTEN] ANC seems unsure of what to do - Ranjeni Munusamy

Tiso BlackStar Group's Ranjeni Munusamy says ANC SG Ace Magushule could not give reasons why they are recalling President Zuma

Zuma did nothing wrong?! How childish, says political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki

Zuma did nothing wrong?! How childish, says political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki

Bruce Whitfield talks to Gideon Rachman of Financial Times, political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki and Standard Bank's Goolam Ballim.

[LISTEN] ANC recalls Zuma, 'gold' falls from the sky

[LISTEN] ANC recalls Zuma, 'gold' falls from the sky

Motorists collect gold on the M2 highway after a truck drops its load.

[WATCH] ANC to recall President Zuma

[WATCH] ANC to recall President Zuma

ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule announces Zuma will be recalled and says Zuma will release a statement on Wednesday.

ANC confirms recall of Jacob Zuma

ANC confirms recall of Jacob Zuma

Monday's NEC meeting was called to discuss and finalise Jacob Zuma's future as head of state.

Deadline looms for Baleka Mbete as opposition pushes to remove Zuma

Deadline looms for Baleka Mbete as opposition pushes to remove Zuma

The National Assembly Speaker until 1 pm on Tuesday, to respond to EFF's demand to bring forward motion of no confidence.

Zuma is behaving like a suicide bomber - analyst

Zuma is behaving like a suicide bomber - analyst

Political analyst Prince Mashele says President Zuma wants to detonate the ANC as well as the country and leave it in a mess.

Popular articles
'I don’t spend much. I drive an old car. I’ve never been in debt'

'I don’t spend much. I drive an old car. I’ve never been in debt'

Bruce Whitfield interviews analyst Chris Gilmour about his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Menthols far deadlier than regular cigarettes, finds FDA. BAT shares tumble 11%

Menthols far deadlier than regular cigarettes, finds FDA. BAT shares tumble 11%

A proposed FDA ban wiped R176bn from British American Tobacco's market cap. Bruce Whitfield talks to Dr Richard van Zyl-Smit.

Daughter of Timol murder accused Joao Rodrigues reveals sexual abuse

Daughter of Timol murder accused Joao Rodrigues reveals sexual abuse

Tilana Stander talks about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.

WATCH:  Crash, bang, wallop! How would YOU explain this to YOUR boss?

WATCH: Crash, bang, wallop! How would YOU explain this to YOUR boss?

The woman comes out of the crash without a scratch but is visibly distressed by the incident that she may have to explain later.

[LISTEN] Steinhoff explained: 100 times more looted in Steinhoff saga than VBS

[LISTEN] Steinhoff explained: 100 times more looted in Steinhoff saga than VBS

Steinhoff’s Web of Deception: An Explainer with Financial Mail journalist Warren Thompson.

[WATCH] Iceland’s Christmas advert banned- for being too political

[WATCH] Iceland’s Christmas advert banned- for being too political

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)