ANC denies alleged plot
The African National Congress (ANC) has come out guns blazing and has demanded a retraction from the Sunday Times for its front page article, “Exposed: Zuma plot to oust Cyril.”
The spokesperson for the ANC, Pule Mabe has described the story as “sensational hot-air” in a statement released by the party’s headquarters. He said the Sunday Times article, written by Qaanitah Hunter and Jeff Wicks, is a fabrication and devoid of the truth and refuted the claims made in the article as “shameless gossip.”
He did not however clarify what type of meeting it was, but pointed out that “It is clear that this malicious gossip is calculated to cast aspersions on the integrity and commitment of our Secretary General to the unity and renewal project of the African National Congress.” Pule furthermore stated that the party’s Secretary General Ace Magashule and the top leadership discards what he called “attempts by agents opposed to the ANC to defocus them from the task of unity and renewal.”
Another National Executive Committee (NEC) member and the ruling party’s Chief Whip in parliament, Jackson Mtembu wants the matter to be put on the agenda of the party’s NEC meeting. Mtembu said on Twitter that it is unfortunate that the party’s Secretary General is part of the apparent plot. “The @SundayTimesZA story today alleging ” a plot to oust our President @CyrilRamaphosa ” deserves urgent attention by @MYANC NEC . The alleged clandestine plot, which regrettably includes the SG, comrade Ace Magashule, undermines the unity and renewal efforts of the ANC “Mtembu tweeted.
Addressing journalists in Parktown‚ on the side-lines of the state capture commission, Zizi Kodwa said the outcomes of the Nasrec conference cannot be changed and that senior party members who were alleged to have been part of the meeting must explain the purpose of their meeting‚ and not the ANC. “We cannot speak on behalf of the people who were in the meeting‚ it’s not for us to ask anybody who was in a meeting what meeting it was.” Kodwa said, who is also a NEC member and head of the office of the ANC Presidency.
One of the persons, who were alleged to have been part of the meeting, has denied even entering the hotel. The ANC’s Youth League (ANCYL) KwaZulu-Natal secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo, said that he was never part of a meeting to oust Cyril Ramaphosa and passed the well-known Maharani beachfront hotel and accidently saw Ace Magashule outside where after he went to greet him. “Since the publication of the article I have sought legal advice and have decided to approach the Press Ombudsman and laid a complaint against the article for it creates an impression that I was present at some meeting planning to oust the leadership,” Sabelo said.
What is apparent is that the Thursday meeting took place. Whether it was clandestine or covert is another matter due the fact that it took place in a well-known hotel on a busy beach front in Durban. This matter will surely not be laid to rest in the immediate future and will haunt those allegedly involved well after the next important event of the ANC, i.e. the National List Conference.