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ANC denies plot to oust Cyril Ramaphosa

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The ANC has urged members of the public not to be misled by a Sunday Times report which claims there is a plan to remove Cyril Ramaphosa as president.

The African National Congress (ANC) has come out guns blazing against a report which claims several members of its National Executive Committee (NEC) are in cahoots with former President Jacob Zuma, to oust his successor Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Sunday Times reports Zuma held a secret meeting with ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, ANC Women’s League secretary-general Meokgo Matuba and former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, at the Maharani Hotel in Durban last week.

The main agenda of the meeting was allegedly to formulate a plan to unseat Ramaphosa, who was declared party president at the ANC elective conference in December 2017.

The newspaper also published photographs which were apparently taken at the alleged meeting on Thursday, 06 September 2018.

“The ANC will not dignify these blatant lies and fabrications with a detailed response. However, we would like to point out that we refute this shameless gossip,” ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said in a statement.

“We also reject attempts to link our Secretary General, Cde Ace Magashule, to this alleged plot to oust the President of the ANC, Cde Cyril Ramaphosa. 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”, Mabe added.

The ANC spokesperson’s remarks are contrary to what the party’s chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, had to say. Mthembu called on the NEC to look into the allegation.

“The alleged clandestine plot, which regrettably includes the SG, comrade Ace Magashule , undermines the unity and renewal efforts of the ANC”, he said on Twitter.

Thabo Baloyi
t.baloyi@politicalanalysis.co.za

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