Don’t get your hopes up that this is the end game for President Jacob Zuma.
That’s the message from Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) leader Julius Malema about reports that the “inappropriate and undue influence by the Gupta family over the appointment of members of the cabinet” will be discussed by the African National Congress’ (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC).
Malema took to Twitter on Thursday morning to say: “Anyone expecting drastic action against Zuma from @MyANC_ NEC this weekend is like expecting a pig to eat a pudding…”
Suggestions from political commentators that Zuma would be recalled by the ANC’s top body gained traction on Wednesday after deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas’s dropped a bombshell by confirming reports that the Gupta had offered him the top ministerial position.
Jonas had‚ until Wednesday night‚ remained silent on the meeting which was first reported on by The Finanical Times in London.
Malema’s party will not be at the National Assembly on Thursday where the spotlight is going to be on Zuma’s relationship with the Gupta family.
The EFF said it won’t participate in the session in which Zuma is to give oral replies to questions because he “should not be afforded the respect and courtesy deserving of a president because he does not respect his oath of office”.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane will tackle this issue‚ and ask the “president to explain‚ before Parliament and the people of South Africa‚ whether the Gupta family and others played a role‚ directly or indirectly‚ in the decision that sent the country’s economy into a tailspin”.