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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his speech to ANC members.
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Blockbuster ANC NEC meeting called off after Ramaphosa no-show – ‘he’s still consulting’ [WATCH]

President Cyril Ramaphosa is still consulting in Cape Town. The ANC wants to deal with the issue before Tuesday’s debate in Parliament.

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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his speech to ANC members.
Image: Twitter @MyANC

The ANC National Executive Meeting (NEC) in Nasrec was abruptly adjourned on Friday afternoon, 2 December. The meeting was meant to discuss what would happen to Ramaphosa in light of the Section 89 Independent Panel report, which said the President may have violated his oath of office.

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Treasurer-General, Paul Mashatile and party spokesperson Pule Mabe spoke to journalists outside the venue.

Mashatile revealed that the NEC meeting was called off after the decision was made that the report should first be considered by Ramaphosa and ANC top brass, including the Deputy President, David Mabuza, ANC Chair, Gwede Mantashe, and the Treasurer-General himself.

Mashatile said Ramaphosa was not present at Friday’s meeting because “he’s still consulting.” The President remains in Cape Town.

After meeting with Ramaphosa, the top officials will report to the National Working Committee (NWC), and the NEC is expected to meet before the end of the weekend.

The party wants to handle discussions before the Section 89 report is debated in Parliament on Tuesday, 6 December.

“Between now and Sunday, the  NEC would have met again to look at what the officials are recommending,” said Mashatile.

“The President was not in the meeting – he is busy consulting – as far as we are concerned, the issue of the President putting in his intention to resign or not did not arise.

“It is only now that officials will be meeting with him. Probably by tomorrow if he is back from Cape Town.”

As previously reported, the 86-member NEC is the ANC’s highest decision-making body. It consists of the so-called Top Six – the President, deputy president, chairperson, secretary-general, deputy secretary-general, and treasurer-general – and 80 other members.

The ANC’s National Conference is just two weeks away, and the NEC will be disbanded in order to select a new one for the next five years.

According to reports, Ramaphosa was on the verge of resigning on Thursday, but his allies convinced him to delay the decision. His detractors will surely use the report’s findings to call for him to step aside.