It’s only a matter of time before the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meets with former president Jacob Zuma. This will reportedly aimed at persuading Zuma to rethink his decision to defy an order by the Constitutional Court, compelling him to appear.

The outcomes of the NEC meeting with Zuma will certainly be something to lookout for, particularly as some are skeptical as to whether the ANC will really put their foot down and read him the riot act.

ANC NEC member Mondli Gungubele said the worst thing that the party could ever tolerate is when a prominent party figure such as Zuma, refuses to abide by the constitution, of which he is considered a custodian.

In an interview with Newzroom Afrika, Gungubele was asked whether he thought Zuma had broken the law when he said he would not be appearing before the State Capture Commission, he said:

“I will not speak like a judge…All I can say is a refusal to respond to a legal summon by a commission of inquiry is a breach of the law. I want to say if the former president finds himself on the wrong side of this, it’s quite disappointing because the laws we are implementing now are the laws he spent his entire life fighting for,”

Is the ANC NEC going easy on Zuma?

His comments come a week after the ANC NEC met to discuss pertinent issues. The ruling party faces immense pressure to take action against Jacob Zuma, in light of his blatant defiance of the Constitutional Court.

“The ANC reiterates its support for the work of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, and we unreservedly urge our members and all South Africans to cooperate with this Commission,” ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his closing statement.

The former president was set to begin his testimony before the state capture commission, however his lawyers said he would not be appearing, defying an order of the Constitutional Court. Zuma’s legal counsel Eric Mabuza said they were still to lodge a review application for Zondo’s recusal.

The former president has been implicated by at least 34 witnesses and he maintains that the commission is all part of a political plot targeting him and his defenders.

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Presh JM Reporter

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