South Africa’s ANC stands by Zuma amidst protest

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) backed President Jacob Zuma after calls for his resignation from various groups following the dismissal of a respected finance minister, the party Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday.

The country’s currency, rand fell by 1 percent and bonds weakened after Mantashe said the ANC would not be part of a movement to remove Zuma, despite a chorus of criticism by ANC-allied parties and unions, religious groups, civil society and the opposition.

Mantashe said the ANC had accepted the “irretrievable breakdown of the relationship” between Zuma and former finance minister Pravin Gordhan as the reason Gordhan was sacked, a move that deepened a rift within the ruling party.

Source: Voice of Nigeria