The ANC in the Free State has condemned those publicly criticising President Jacob Zuma and demanding him to step down.
The country on Monday witnessed two factions of ANC members who clashed at the party’s headquarters at Luthuli House.
One faction was the #OccupyLuthuliHouse protesters demanding Zuma and his entire National Executive Committee (NEC) to step down, and the other group was the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA), the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and the Women’s League – who went to defend the ANC.
The Deputy President of the Women’s League, Sisi Ntombela, says those who don’t want Zuma should wait for the party’s next national conference in 2017. Ntombela mentions that the conference is the only means of Zuma stepping down.
“President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is our president. He was elected at a democratic conference by the masses of the African National Congress. You will talk, you will criticise, you will insult, but one thing that you should all know is that he remains our president and we are going to carry on supporting him until his last term,” she says.