KZN ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala. Picture: RAJESH JANTILAL
KZN ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala. Picture: RAJESH JANTILAL

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has vowed that the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will not change anything and that he will emerge from it unscathed.

"SA will sleep under President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday and on Wednesday we’ll still be led by [him]‚" declared ANC provincial chairman Sihle Zikalala.

Zikalala was addressing the media after the conclusion of the party’s three-day provincial executive committee’s lekgotla in Durban on Monday, shortly before National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete announced that the vote would be held in secret.

The ANC has described the vote of no confidence as a "ploy" to remove Zuma and dislodge the ruling party from power, but Zikalala warned the "counter-revolutionary forces" that they will not succeed in their agenda. "When we go to the national elective conference in December‚ we’ll still be led by Zuma as president of our country and president of our movement."

He also said the motion to remove Zuma did not represent the 62% of people who voted the ANC into power: "We’re all clear that this, in essence, is about regime change by the enemies of our revolution supported by some among us who believe that‚ strangely and unfortunately‚ their [conscience] takes precedence over the collective wisdom of the movement."

He lambasted those ANC members who were calling for the party’s MPs to vote according to their conscience. "The DA in this country represents nothing [other than] the counter-revolutionary agenda. Those who will support that motion will be supporting the counter-revolutionary agenda and we are clear in this regard that ours is to ensure that all MPs go and vote against the motion but vote in confidence of President Jacob Zuma to lead this country until 2019."

"The ANC cannot be dictated [to] by the opposition on how to deal with one of its deployed cadres. As a movement and as a matter of principle‚ working with the opponent is an act of counter-revolution‚" said Zikalala, who added that the vote of no confidence in Zuma was a campaign platform for opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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