“These actions [by Zuma] were unacceptable,” said the chairman .
In response to a letter Zuma wrote last week accusing Ramaphosa of corruption during the 2017 ANC presidential campaign, Zikalala wrote his own letter accusing Zuma of attempting to effect regime change within the ANC in order to oust Ramaphosa from power.
According to Zikalala, Zuma’s letter amounted to “factionalism as he drew a line in the sand” to mark a division between his supporters and those of Ramaphosa.
“His obvious goal (in Zuma’s letter) is regime change within the ANC,” Zikalala said in his letter against Zuma.
The veterans chief argued that Zuma’s letter was marred by lies and fabrications.
“It is clear that this deliberate distortion of what Comrade President Ramaphosa wrote in his letter is a fraudulent attempt to mobilise ANC members to repudiate and turn against President Ramaphosa,” Zikalala stated.
“We must unite to defeat any attempt to effect an unconstitutional regime change regarding the leadership of our movement,” he added.
“In doing so, we must ask and attempt to answer the question: What interests would such an unconstitutional regime change serve? He said, adding that Zuma and his faction were desperately trying to “capture the ANC” through the back door.