Anti-Zuma ANC lawmakers off the hook

South Africa's ruling party African National Congress Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) legislators who backed the no-confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma in Parliament will not be disciplined by the party.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said the party was not on a witch hunt to find out who voted with the opposition in the secret ballot on August 8, which President Zuma narrowly survived.

"If we go and do a witch hunt‚ we are going to open negative publicity on the ANC‚" said Mr Mantashe.

Beating drums

He, however, said the party had only dealt with one of their members who voted with the opposition "because they voted with the opposition and then started beating drums that they voted with the opposition and then the person got into trouble".

Indications were that he was referring to the defiant Mr Makhosi Khoza, who was recently fired from chairing the Public Service and Administration Portfolio Committee in parliament.

Dr Khoza‚ former Finance minister Pravin Gordhan‚ former Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele and former Tourism minister Derek Hanekom, were among those who had stated ahead of the no-confidence motion that they would vote with the opposition rather than toe the party line.

It pains you

"If you are a cadre and an activist‚ you must be loyal to the decision. Once you break ranks when you don't agree with a decision‚ it's the highest level of ill-discipline. If you are in a structure in the ANC and a decision is taken‚ never betray your own decision.

"You must stick with it even when it pains you‚ you can’t vote with the opposition‚ you are not suppressed. Vote with the ANC with a heavy heart‚" said Mr Mantashe.

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