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Ramaphosa and I working to unite ANC – Ace Magashule

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ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule said the party remains focused on unity.

The African National Congress’ (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule said he is working with President Cyril Ramphosa to deal with the deep divisions within the party.

Addressing the media on the outcomes of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, Magashule dismissed claims of a bad relationship between him and Ramaphosa.

“Me and [Ramaphosa]‚ we won’t allow any wedge-drivers to come in-between us. We will stay focused and we are going to work together. Ramaphosa is the leader of the ANC and therefore serving under him as SG has always been a pleasure”, Magashule said.

The NEC met for the first time this weekend since reports of a secret meeting by fellow ANC leaders, including Magashule, aimed at ousting Ramaphosa.

“The NEC in the main had occupied itself with the unity of the organisation and the challenges facing South Africans. Those were the issues which really preoccupied the NEC including the issues of the job summit and the economic recovery plan.

“The ANC is able to deal with its own problems and challenges. Whatever issues that are supposed to be dealt with officials‚ officials will deal with them. Between me and [Ramaphosa]‚ we are working together‚ we are united‚ we are not focusing on rumours and perceptions‚” he said.

The secretary-general also said they would be approaching the Zondo commission to respond to allegations made by several banking executives, regarding the closure of Gupta-linked business accounts.

Thabo Baloyi
t.baloyi@politicalanalysis.co.za

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