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30 November 2016
African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party will not allow cabinet ministers who spoke in favour of a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to be persecuted.
Mantashe says they were well within their rights to raise the issue at the National Executive Committee meeting.
On Tuesday, the ruling party revealed that the call for Zuma to leave office didn't receive enough support and was thus rejected by the party's executive committee.
The motion was tabled by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.