ANC's alliance partners want Zuma out

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The odds are against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma with three out of four components of the ruling African National Congress-led alliance calling on him to step down.

ANC leads an alliance that includes the South African Communist Party (SACP), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO). All its three partners have made calls for President Zuma to resign.

Cosatu and SANCO have declared their support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to replace President Zuma in December.

Made it clear

Addressing delegates on Thursday, SACP deputy secretary Jeremy Cronin said it was time the ANC advised its leader to quit.

“Part of the ANC leadership don't want to come to a forum in which three out of four components of the alliance are saying to President Zuma 'please step down'.

"President Zuma said only the ANC can advise him to step down and we are saying to the ANC ‘please advise’,” Mr Cronin said.

The ANC's stalwarts and veterans have also made it clear they believed it was time for President Zuma to leave office.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Stalwart Murphy Morobe recently said they were now left with no choice, but to make this call.

“The need to call on the ANC to recall President Zuma in now long overdue,” he said.

Mr Cronin said it was disappointing that ANC was 'running away' from an alliance political council. A postponed council session last month would have drawn national officials of the alliance to discuss their challenges.

“The ANC is unable to convene an alliance political council. The ANC keeps setting dates for the political alliance council but they're running away from it,” he said.

Crisis ahead

Mr Cronin believes a political alliance council was needed now to address issues including the high levels of unemployment, poverty, inequality, violence and state capture.

“We need to unify the alliance to address these issues and mobilise in a relatively unified way around these issues,” he said.

He called on the alliance partners to help ANC through its current crisis ahead of its December elective congress.

“Let us ensure that we get the ANC in good order ahead of its December national conference. It is going to be a very important moment for the SACP, for the ANC and for the country,” Mr Cronin said.

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