'Give Zuma his job back'

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

The ANC Youth League wants ANC president Jacob Zuma to be reinstated as the country's deputy president.

The decision, taken at the Limpopo provincial executive meeting at the weekend, comes after reports that deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka wants to quit.

Mlambo-Ngcuka allegedly told her friends and colleagues she was considering quitting her position.

President Thabo Mbeki appointed Mlambo-Ngcuka after he sacked Zuma in June 2005.

ANCYL spokesman Sihle Zikalala yesterday told Sowetan that his "comrades in Limpopo have every right to take that decision".

Provincial chairman Joshua Matlou said Zikalala and ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe have been informed of this decision.

"We expect the issue to be tabled at the next ANC national executive committee meeting," said Matlou.

The resolution was apparently prompted by Mbeki's utterances that he would not absorb leaders of the ANC in cabinet.

Mbeki denied that he had been approached to reshuffle his cabinet to accommodate, among others, ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

Matlou said the decision would ensure smooth transition. "We took the decision in light of the fact that Zuma must become the president of the Republic after the 2009 elections," he said.

"Zuma should be reinstated as the country's deputy president in preparation for a take over in 2009," said Matlou.

Meanwhile, the ANCYL will go on a roadshow this week to woo stakeholders to support their campaign to have liquor sales barred on Sundays.

Spokesman Zizi Kodwa said they would meet liquor traders, artists, churches and NGOs to canvass their support. "We will share our opinion and listen to concerns. We hope people will take the campaign forward."