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ANC “fine” with me meeting Zuma, claims Ace Magashule

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The ANC SG said he is open to engaging members who feel there is more to the story.

The African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-general Ace Magashule has said the party does not take issue with him meeting former President Jacob Zuma.

The Sunday Times reported that Zuma held a secret meeting with 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, 6 September 2018.

“We had an officials meeting. I engaged on this matter and I think we are fine with the fact that I met President Zuma,” Magashule said.

Magashule said he would talk to fellow party members and alliance partners, should they seek answers or felt there was more to the story.

The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU), the ANC’s alliance partner, had expressed concern over the report and said it would be seeking answers from the ANC at its 13th national congress next week. The ANC is expected to send 20 members and officials to the gathering.

“If there is anyone who thinks they can get the current president winning elections and then removed, so others can come back… we should be able to say to the president: ‘dissolve Parliament and start afresh’,” said general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali.

He added: “Of course, there is a denial of the fightback [by those in support of Zuma], but almost all indications are that there is a fightback”

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