Jacob Zuma Top ANC official says cannot declare no confidence vote

Gwede Mantashe's comments came hours after the constitutional court ordered Zuma to repay the state some of the $16 million spent on upgrades to his private home, saying he had failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution.

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African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe briefs the media at the end of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) three-day meeting in Pretoria, South Africa March 20, 2016. play African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe briefs the media at the end of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) three-day meeting in Pretoria, South Africa March 20, 2016. (REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)
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The general secretary of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Thursday he had no authority to declare a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on behalf of the party.

Gwede Mantashe's comments came hours after the constitutional court ordered Zuma to repay the state some of the $16 million spent on upgrades to his private home, saying he had failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution.

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