- ANC members backing Zuma announced they would be accepting the decision to recall him as well as his decision to step down
- His supporters added even though they hoped Zuma would finish his term, they would be throwing their weight behind the new leadership
- Meanwhile, Zuma's supporters in the KwaZulu-Natal ANC has stated they would be throwing the former president a welcome home party
Leaders in the ANC Youth League and MKMVA said they would reluctantly accept the ruling party's decision to recall Zuma, as well as his choice to step down, adding they have no other choice.
The pro-Zuma ANC members said they were hopeful that he would be allowed to finish his term as president, but they would not be boycotting the party's decision to remove the former head of state.
However, Briefly.co.za gathered the ANCYL and MKMVA leaders said just because they accepted the decision does not mean they agree with it.
Kebby Maphatsoe said he was one of the people opposing Zuma's removal, adding however, that it was not what they said, but what the ANC said.
“It’s a view of the majority that the president must be recalled. We who were against that, must be seen to be the ones who understand better. We’d have liked to see him finish his term.”, Maphatsoe added.
Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC announced it would be throwing a party in Zuma's honour.
On Thursday, the party’s provincial interim committee coordinator Sihle Zikalala said they would be throwing a welcome home heroes bash in Zuma's name.
The Daily Sun reported Zikala said they felt a party should be thrown in Zuma's honour to celebrate 60 years of his revolutionary service to South Africans, as well as to welcome him back home.
“We call upon people from all sectors of our society to join us as we thank this son of the soil,” Zikalala added.
Unlike the ANCYL and MKMVA, who said they did not agree with Zuma stepping down, Zikalala praised the former president for resigning.
“Zuma proved that he is disciplined, dedicated and committed revolutionary who always put the organisation’s interests first,” Zikalala said about his decision to step down.
According to Nkandla Councillor Bongokwakhe Mbambo, they were excited to welcome Zuma back home.
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