The ANC secretary general is bemused that the country could become this desperate, awaiting president Zuma’s removal from office, despite all his sacrifices for an egalitarian and classless society. The recall of president Jacob Zuma is not on the national executive committee’s agenda says African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

He briefed the media ahead of the NEC’s second day of the three day gathering.

There has been speculation that the gathering – which took place without Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa due to the death of his nephew – would discuss whether or not Zuma needed to step down as head of state.

Mantashe said that discussion was not on the table.

“We are reading it in newspapers that there is going to be bloodshed. We haven’t seen that blood on the floor yet,” said Mantashe.

Mantashe said they only dealt with soft issues on Friday, where many of the party’s executive were still on their way to the meeting from parliamentary commitments in Cape Town.

“Today we are in the hard business of the NEC,” he said.