- The ANC NEC will meet on Friday to discuss Derek Hanekom
- This comes after Hanekom's confession that he met with the EFF in 2017 regarding a no confidence vote in Jacob Zuma
- Some within the ANC have called for Hanekom to be disciplined
The ANC national executive committee (NEC) is set to meet on Friday to discuss Derek Hanekom and the revelation that he met with the EFF in 2017 to discuss a no confidence vote against Jacob Zuma.
The issue is expected to divide the party.
Hanekom's confession (and the response to it from several ANC members) has revealed deep factionalism splits within the party.
Already, some within the ANC have attacked Hanekom, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Among them is secretary-general Ace Magashule, who has condemned Hanekom as a "wedge-driver" and "EFF sleeper". Additionally, Magashule alleges that Hanekom is trying to undermine party unity.
Magashule is not alone in wanting Hanekom to be disciplined. ANC spokesperson Dakota Lekgoete has also said that Hanekom will have to explain himself to party structures, according to Eyewitness News.
Hanekom, however, says he is willing to face his critics. He maintains that he did nothing wrong by meeting with the EFF. Hanekom said the meeting was in the "common interest".
He later took to social media where he explained that he - and all ANC members - had sworn allegiance to the Constitution. He says that his EFF meeting concerning the no confidence vote was his way of fulfilling this oath.
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