- Following the ANC leadership’s visit to KwaZulu-Natal, reports surface which indicated Ramaphosa and his leaders were talking about steps to prevent a fracturing of the party
- The concerns of a split follow increasing pressure on the leadership to recall Zuma
- However, they reportedly fear that the removal of Zuma would result in a backlash from provinces such as KZN
Reports suggest the ruling party is taking preventative steps to avoid the ANC fracturing if Zuma should be recalled.
According to Huff Post, on Monday an IOL report indicated that officials led by Ramaphosa went to KwaZulu-Natal this past weekend, to discuss the issue of a potential split if Zuma was to be recalled.
Senior party leaders feared that removing the current South African president might lead to a negative reaction from key provinces such as KZN, a source within the party told IOL.
This was allegedly the reason why Ramaphosa and his leadership met with the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini.
A senior party leader reportedly said they needed to consult with Zwelithini, the "commander of the Zulu army", to make certain that “amabotho", traditional fighters, were not included in factional battles.
Ramaphosa reportedly said delegates at the conference chose a leadership that combined various approaches, views and grouping within their movement.
“The leadership before you is a unity leadership that is meant to unite our organisation and make it strong," he added.
According to The Star last week, if Zuma failed resign by Wednesday, which is when the first 2018 NEC meeting would be, the ANC’s leadership intend to have a vote of no confidence in him.
Briefly.co.za gathered the Derek Hanekom, former tourism minister, denied initial reports, which suggested he would be the one to bring forth the motion of no confidence against Zuma.
However, in the event that they succeed to recall Zuma, the party’s leadership have concerns that his removal won’t go down peacefully in KwaZulu-Natal.
According to a source close to Ramaphosa, the ANC did not want Zuma’s supporters to become estranged from them prior to the 2019 votes.
"There is a general consensus that he should go, but people are also mindful of the negative impact his removal might have on party unity. If not handled with the necessary care, chances are good that Zuma's supporters would revolt," the source said.
Ronald Lamola, an ANC NEC member, was asked if he would support attempts to remove Zuma, to which he answered: "It's decisions we should not shy away from because the national conference was unanimous to return the integrity of the ANC."
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