ANC postpones NEC meeting as tension rises in KZN over jailing of Jacob Zuma
The tense political situation in KwaZulu-Natal over the looming incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma has forced the ANC to postpone its national executive committee (NEC) meeting which was due to start on Saturday.
TimesLIVE has seen an internal memo sent to all members of the ANC NEC by deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte on Friday. The ANC confirmed the contents of the memo in a statement.
This follows a tense week in KwaZulu-Natal after a ruling by the Constitutional Court on Tuesday that sentenced Zuma to a prison term of one year and three months for contempt of court stemming from his refusal to appear before the state capture inquiry.
This week the sound of gunfire reverberated in Nkandla when a motorcade of Zuma supporters drove from Eshowe to lend him support, vowing they would rather be killed than allow the former head of state to be sent to jail.
The apex court has given Zuma until Sunday to hand himself over to prison authorities or be arrested by the police by next Wednesday should he fail to do so.
The ANC statement said the situation in KwaZulu-Natal had the potential to spiral out of control and result in violence. The party said members of the NEC would be deployed to KZN to help manage the situation.
“In arriving at this decision, the national officials were mindful of the situation developing in KwaZulu-Natal and the need for the ANC to give clear and principled leadership to ensure the maintenance of the rule of law and to avoid any violence, injury or loss of life.
“NEC members will be deployed to KwaZulu-Natal and will work with the provincial leadership in this regard.
“The new date for the NEC meeting will be communicated,” the ANC statement read.