January 8 statement the only item on agenda for ANC NEC meeting

Zuma statement shows power has shifted in ANC        By DESTINY REPORTER

Speculation remains rife that President Jacob Zuma might be recalled during the meeting.

He added that there were not two centres of power as "the only centre of power is the presidency" while ANC president Ramaphosa is deputy president of the country.

The new ANC national executive committee met for the first time on Wednesday in East London, where the party's annual 8 January celebrations will be held.

Zuma is set to attend the African Peer Review Mechanism / New Partnership for Africa's Development sessions on January 27, in addition to the thirtieth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU, which is scheduled to take place on January 28 and 29.

"And the ANC meeting only ends tomorrow so there will be more headlines and that means rand volatility should continue", said trader at RMB, Jim Bryson.


The visit was seen as an attempt to soothe the wounds of the province's embattled leadership after none of its candidates made it to the party's top six.

"That matter was not for any discussion or debate", Magashule told reporters in response to a question about whether Zuma's future was raised. But the priority was not "alienating his KwaZulu-Natal support base".

Rising public frustration over multiple corruption allegations against Zuma have led some in the ruling African National Congress to urge him to step aside so the party can be in a stronger position to contest an election in 2019.

Transform RSA was demanding "an unequivocal and unconditional undertaking" by the party and its NEC, allies and partners that there would be no intention to discuss or decide on removing Zuma from office.

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