Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMV) have called on African National Congress Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu to resign from his position.
This follows after Mthembu urged the ANC top six leaders to resign from the party, saying the leadership is abusing power and using governmental institutions to settle political scores within the ANC.
MKMV leader Kebby Maphatsoe said Mthembu’s utterances are a display of pure ill-discipline, he added the comments would promote factionalism within the party in the national assembly.
“He can’t call for all NEC members to resign, if he is principled and brave enough, we will be happy if we can hear tomorrow that he has sent a letter of resignation to the office of the secretary general,” said Maphatsoe.
When asking the top six leaders to resign, Mthembu said he includes himself and President Jacob Zuma.
“President Jacob Zuma is the president of the ANC. When I said the entire ANC leadership that has already taken collective responsibility must take the fall, I meant everybody, myself included, including President Zuma,” said Mthembu.
Maphatsoe said Mthembu’s comments prove that he is not fit to lead the ANC caucus in Parliament; he added Mthembu has continuously spoken against the party’s NEC.