First NEC meeting won't discuss Zuma recall

First NEC meeting won't discuss Zuma recall

The governing party's newly elected top decision making body between conferences is set to meet for the first in the second week of January.

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South African President, Jacob Zuma, with the newly elected ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Denvor de Wee/Visual Buzz

Amid suggestions that the ANC's new National Executive Committee (NEC) might discuss the possible recall of President Jacob Zuma, the outgoing spokesperson insists it's not on the agenda.

The 86-member body will meet for the first time since its election in December during the second week of January.

Speaking in East London on Thursday, outgoing party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says the NEC meeting will only deal with special issues such as electing the National Working Committee (NWC) and approving the January 8 statement.

"It must comply with the constitution," says Kodwa. "And therefore there won't be any additional items because any other additional items, if there will be a need, that meeting will determine whether we need a special meeting."

President Jacob Zuma is facing increasing pressure amid a number of court judgements against him.

Most recently, the Constitutional Court held that parliament failed to hold the president accountable in terms of Section 89 of the Constitution.

The new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa further remarked during his closing address at the party's National Conference those involved in corrupt activities need to be held accountable.

"We must also act fearlessly against alleged corruption and abuse of office within our ranks," Ramaphosa stated at Nasrec.

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