Some African National Congress (ANC) members who led a march to Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Friday have given the party 48 hours to remove President Cyril Ramaphosa from his position amid the Phala Phala controversy.
They say they also want an immediate end to load shedding, among other demands.
Led by former ANC NEC member Carl Niehaus and former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, alongside the RET’s Nkosentsha Shezi, crowds of people were seen marching towards the ANC’s headquarters.
All roads leading to Luthuli House were blockaded as the march got under way and was led by suspended ANC member Carl Niehaus and Supra Mahumapelo.
The ANC march seemed to have been a factional move against the party president as there was not much support and no national executive member on site.
The president came under nationwide scrutiny after former spy boss Arthur Fraser leaked information about a robbery that had taken place at Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in Limpopo.
Yesterday, the EFF said it would also launch a campaign in an effort to oust Ramaphosa from his position as head of the ANC and South Africa.
But Ramaphosa remained resolute that he would not let the Phala Phala saga push him off course as the party continued with its elective conferences around the country.
The president was speaking during an SACP event at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Ekurhuleni.
He acknowledged that there were calls for him to step down.
“I have heard those voices, and there are processes that need to be followed. I am following those processes, and let us all give those processes an opportunity and a chance,” he said in an IOL report.
He said he would meet with the ANC’s Integrity Commission in the days to come, a gesture which the commander in chief said was on his “own volition”.
The memorandum was received by ANC member Collen Maine who promised to have the demands delivered to his superiors.
Some of the demands relate to issues that have seen strike action from unions such as Numsa, NUM and Sadtu over a wage increase.
Niehaus said Ramaphosa’s term had been about serving the white monopoly of capitalists and not the ANC.
The ANC is yet to respond to the demands made by the demonstrating members.