COSATU intends to use its upcoming congress to send a strong message to the ANC, following claims of a plot to oust party president cadre Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) expressed concern over reports which claim there is a plan to remove Cyril Ramaphosa as African National Congress (ANC) president.
The Sunday Times reported that former President Jacob 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.
“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,” said general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali on Monday, 10 September 2018.
The ANC’s alliance partner released discussion documents ahead of its 13th national congress next week.
Ntshalintshali said what was happening within the ruling party was obvious to the country.
He added that they would be using the upcoming congress – in which several ANC members and officials will be present- to send a strong message to the party. “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 Ntshalintshali.