The ANC’s Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte has warned that the party is in danger of a hostile takeover similar to the one happening in Brazil, reports Times Live.

Duarte was speaking to miners at the National Union of Mineworkers committee meeting. She warned that what had happened to the suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff could happen in South Africa.

In March this year more than a million Brazilians took to the streets to protest against the government, and calling for the removal of the president. Brazil’s National Congress voted for Rousseff’s impeachment following the mass protests.

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Calls from various sectors of society for President Jacob Zuma to step down have become louder following several scandals. After the Constitutional Court’s ruling that Zuma was obliged to pay back the money he spent on several non-security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead, high-profile south Africans including Trevor Manuel and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada called for the president to resign.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) then called a motion to impeach Zuma for failing to uphold the Constitution over the Nkandla matter. During the debate, leaders from opposition parties voiced their lack of confidence in Zuma’s leadership.

Duarte said the current protests rocking the country are less about service delivery and are more about power and greed, according to Times Live. She urged ANC members to rally together to prevent the government from being replaced by right wing political coalitions.

Source: Times Live