Natasha Marrian Financial Mail deputy editor & columnist

Pressure is mounting on the ANC from within its structures to remove President Jacob Zuma amid conflicting messages from its top officials. The Eastern Cape provincial executive committee and the national working committee (NWC) urged the national officials to act on the Zuma issue. Eastern Cape secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi said the provincial body had met on Sunday and Monday and received an update on the national executive committee (NEC) decision to "dispense with the matter". The provincial body had called on the national leaders to speed up the process. "In doing so, they must listen to the populace about the continued presence of the state president in the Union Buildings," he said. The ANC had to act due to the "toxic political environment", since opposition parties were poised to bring yet another embarrassing motion of no confidence, Ngcukaitobi said. The ANC had "to ensure that we maintain the momentum from the new leadership and the new dawn that it has brought for the or...

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