A special session of the African National Congress’s (ANC) national executive committee was swiftly adjourned without deciding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fate in the wake of the Phala Phala report.
Addressing the media at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, on Friday, ANC acting secretary-general Paul Mashatile said the committee decided that the report should first be processed by the top officials. Those include Deputy President David Mabuza, ANC chair Gwede Mantashe, Mashatile and Ramaphosa himself.
They will consult Ramaphosa and report to the NWC, before reporting back to the NEC over the weekend. Mashatile said the process would be complete ahead of Tuesday’s meeting of Parliament, which will need to decide whether to adopt the Section 89 report or not.
“The officials must process it first [and] convene an NWC. Once the NWC is done, we will convene the NEC and we should do this before the 6th of December.
Mashatile said the president, who was absent from Nasrec, was consulting individuals outside party structures. He said Ramaphosa was yet to meet party officials since the release of the report.
“The president is busy consulting and as far as we are concerned, the president putting his intention to resign or not did not arise. It’s only now that the officials are going to be meeting with him by tomorrow, if he’s back from Cape Town,” he said.
Paul Mashatile: The President’s intention to resign did not arise.
The report will be taken to the NWC and will then return to the NEC. The president has not met the NEC since the report was released. #Ramaphosa pic.twitter.com/zJFYN8NmaC
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“Since the panel report, we have not met. The president has said in the media already that he is going to be consulting broadly, but I don’t know the details of those consultations. The president is also the President of the Republic and there are matters that he will of necessity deal with at that level.”
It is understood that the top four officials were meeting virtually after the NEC meeting adjourned on Friday afternoon.