- Jacob Zuma’s family has been very vocal on the ANC forcing his resignation
- The newest Zuma family member to speak up is the president’s nephew, Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma
- According to Simphiwe, white people were to blame for Zuma’s political troubles
According to Jacob Zuma’s family, white people were to blame for his political troubles. His relatives have called upon him to resist pressure to step down.
The president’s nephew, Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma, accused the “West” of influencing the ANC NEC and society, which led to them calling for Zuma’s removal. He said white people were interfering with the ruling party’s affairs.
Simphiwe added this was because white people wanted to destroy the ANC, so that “they can do as they please with the country”.
"White people came within us, with the aim of destroying the ANC. If the leadership does not realise this, they (white people) are coming for Ramaphosa,” he said.
IOL reported Simphiwe said if Zuma caved under the pressure to resign, he would be admitting guilt on accusations made against him.
He said if Zuma willingly stepped down, he would show the country he did something wrong. Simphiwe added the ANC should make a decision to recall Zuma, since he is deployed by the ruling party.
Simphiwe’s statements followed one of Zuma’s wives, Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, using social media to send those pressing from her husband’s resignation a message.
As Briefly.co.za previously reported, Madiba-Zuma wrote in an Instagram post that “things are about to get ugly”.
However, the president’s son, Edward Zuma, slammed his stepmother’s comments, saying it was “unfortunate and regrettable”.
The Zuma family’s remarks followed a lengthy battle by the ANC leadership to convince Zuma to resign. Up until now, Zuma has refused to step down as the head of state, since the ruling party failed to meet his terms of resignation.
On Tuesday, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule announced the party decided to recall Zuma.
Which is exactly what Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma wanted to happen. On Sunday he said instead of resigning, Zuma should force the ANC to recall him.
He added this would risk dividing the government party, since the embattled president has a lot of supporters.
He said if the ANC forced Zuma to step down, they would risk losing members, as it happened when Thabo Mbeki was recalled.
As a senior member of Isigungu SamaNxamalala, the board of the Zuma clan, Simphiwe insisted Zuma was a “diligent and innocent president who carried out ANC mandates without corruption”.
Simphiwe is inkosi of Zuma’s clan, the AmaNxamalala in Impendle, outside Pietermaritzburg.
He added he trusted Zuma, claiming there was no truth in the corruption allegations against the head of state.
Simphiwe said the only thing he would be able to believe, is if he was told Zuma had a relationship with another woman, because he knew his uncle as a man who loves women.
“But if they say he is corrupt, there is nothing of that sort,” he said.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the party has not given Zuma a deadline to respond to the recall, but they were hopeful he would give an answer on Wednesday.
It is Zuma’s constitutional right to refuse to leave, which would then lead to a motion of no confidence against him in Parliament. There the ruling party would have the opportunity to remove the president themselves.
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