President Jacob Zuma’s supporters will try to quash attempts to discuss his fate at the meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee that starts tonight.

Given the scandals engulfing his presidency, his supporters have again regrouped to stop discussion of his removal from office.

ANC Mpumalanga secretary Mandla Ndlovu, whose province has backed Zuma, said the issue of Zuma remaining president had long been resolved – but his province was ready for any eventuality.

You better shut your mouth if you don’t want to support President Jacob Zuma,” Ndlovu said.

North West ANC secretary Dakota Legoete, said attempts to debate Zuma’s future would not be allowed.

Those calling for Zuma’s head have used the consequences of the cabinet reshuffle, the growing public distrust of the ANC and the perceived growing impunity of the Gupta family as grounds for reopening the debate.

Zamani Saul, newly elected chairman of the ANC in Northern Cape, said discussion of Zuma’s future might be stopped because a conclusion had already been reached.

The NEC is expected to be divided on open campaigning, there is an expectation that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s return to lead the power utility will also result in division.

Luthuli House has labelled the situation “irrational and untenable” and Zuma has appointed an interministerial team, led by Justice Minister Michael Masutha, to deal with it.