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Tuesday February 06, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] intends to convene a special National Executive Committee [NEC] meeting tomorrow afternoon to make a determination whether or not our members who are staff of parliament should participate in the preparations for the 2018 State of the Nation Address to be presented by President Jacob Zuma.

Our November 2016 NEC meeting made a call on Comrade Jacob Zuma to do the honourable and courageous thing in the interest of the ANC and our people by resigning as the President of South Africa. This call was prompted by his lack of strategic leadership and the plethora of mistakes and allegations of corruption that surrounds him and cronies. His Presidency has become untenable and the sooner he resigns the sooner the ANC can commence with undoing his mess and refocusing the trajectory of the NDR.

We will be following tomorrow’s special NEC of the ANC with keen interest as the national union to see if there are comrades who still see it fit to defend President Zuma. The ANC new leadership has a responsibility to restore the dignity of our movement and save the country from further embarrassment from his continued stay in office as state President.

The ANC NEC must demonstrate bold and decisive leadership which the country yearns for tomorrow by showing that they will not hesitate to decisively deal with those who are tarnishing the name of the organisation. In June 2018, the ANC will be launching its 2019 national general elections campaign hence President Zuma should be removed with immediate effect as his staying is doing more harm than good.

As NEHAWU, we expect the ANC NEC and President Jacob Zuma to rise to the occasion in the interests of the ANC and the masses of our people and ensure that President Zuma does not deliver SONA when it is eventually convened after its postponement this afternoon. Failure to do that will leave us with no option but to consider other avenues including calling on our members who work in parliament not to participate in the preparations of SONA to be addressed by President Zuma.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500
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