Zizi Kodwa. Picture: THE HERALD
Zizi Kodwa. Picture: THE HERALD

President Jacob Zuma is not being charged by the ANC’s integrity commission but only meeting with it to discuss the state of the party.

This is according to ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa who also said Zuma was not appearing before the commission as reported earlier on Friday.

He said the president would meet the commission on December 3 to discuss the health and state of the ANC.

The ANC’s integrity commission is made up of party stalwarts and veterans such as Andrew Mlangeni, Frene Ginwala, Jethro Ndlovu and Sophie De Bruyn.

Mlangeni, who chairs the commission, called on Zuma last month to step down and accused him of destroying the economy and the ANC.

Ginwala has criticised Zuma for not answering questions put to him by former public protector Thuli Madonsela in her state-capture investigation.

On Friday, the ANC’s national working committee (NWC) was meeting party veterans, who are worried about the state of the party. This was a continuation of the first meeting held on Monday.

The veterans have as a group not called on Zuma to step down, despite some doing so in their personal capacity.

There has been increasingly bad blood between the party veterans and the ANC leadership.

Kodwa said the ANC was not just paying lip service to the veterans when it said it would engage with them.

"These are a group of people who are really interested in making a contribution to the health of the ANC and that of the country and there is no other ambition. It’s not like they looking for positions," he said.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday, after the first meeting, that the veterans raised a number of issues, many of them difficult to resolve in one discussion.

One of the proposals on the table is the convening of a consultative conference.

The veterans have said they would preside over the consultative conference, which would "reflect on all aspects of the state of the organisation". At the conference, ANC would discuss the "election of credible leaders free of blemishes, factionalism and corruption".

The ANC’s national executive committee meeting is set to start in Pretoria on Saturday. This is the first NEC gathering since the release of the state capture report and the last meeting for the year.

An organisational report on how former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report is to be handled is expected to be presented to the NEC.

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