African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has reported that the response by some of his colleagues to the country's downgrade to junk status needs to be discussed at the party's national executive committee (NEC) meeting.
Mkhize made the comments in a wide-ranging interview which included issues affecting the economy.
Earlier this month, Standard & Poor’s Global and Fitch cut the country's credit rating to sub-investment grade, citing political instability after President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle which saw the Finance Minister and his deputy fired.
Mkhize says while the ANC's national working committee did not see the need for urgent talks, there are some matters the party's NEC has to discuss.
“In particular, the issue of the approach to the ratings downgrade because there has to be a particular focus on how leadership understands it and how (they) behave.”
Since the country's downgrade to junk status, several senior ANC leaders seen to be sympathetic to the president have publicly welcomed recent developments, with some saying if the rand falls, they will simply pick it up.
Mkhize has urged leaders to come together and help the country through its economic challenges.