ANC structures insist that President Jacob Zuma will not be forced to step down over the Nkandla debacle, but there is increasing concern that his deteriorating health could lead to his early exit from office.
The ANC is concerned about the damage caused by the Nkandla matter – and to minimise the public pressure on Zuma – the party will advise him to pay back a portion of the money the state spent on his home once this has been determined by the police minister and the National Treasury.
Yesterday, a top ANC leader said: “There is a serious discussion about how to manage Nkandla … There is pressure on him to pay something. The president has to pay. The amount will be decided by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, who is senior in the movement, and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.
“We have to take clear and decisive action on this because the damage to the ANC always comes up.”