Those who at­tended ‘se­cret meet­ing’ should ex­plain

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FOR­MER pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, ANC sec­re­tary Ace Ma­gashule and oth­ers who are al­leged to have at­tended se­cret meet­ings in Dur­ban, KwaZulu-Natal, plot­ting to re­move Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa as head of the gov­ern­ing party, should give an­swers and not the ANC, spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa said yes­ter­day.

He said the ANC does not hold se­cret meet­ings.

“We do not know if there was such a meet­ing or not, but the peo­ple who were there are best placed to re­spond to ques­tions about the gath­er­ing.

“The ANC, as it has al­ways done, [in­vites jour­nal­ists] to a photo op­por­tu­nity at its meet­ings so that it is not sus­pected what an ANC [na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee] NEC meet­ing is all about,” Kodwa told re­porters on the side­lines of the state cap­ture com­mis­sion of in­quiry in Johannesburg.

“So we can­not speak on be­half of peo­ple who were in that meet­ing . . . what we are ceased with is unity and renewal of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

When asked whether the ANC has in­quired from Ma­gashule about the meet­ing, Kodwa replied: “It is not for us [the ANC] to ask what the meet­ing was about, whether there is an is­sue or a plot by peo­ple in some meet­ing . . . we can­not as the ANC talk about a meet­ing we were not part of.”

He re­it­er­ated his stance that the ANC is “not on trial” at the com­mis­sion. Kodwa added that the out­come of the De­cem­ber 2017 con­fer­ence where Ramaphosa was elected, will not change, “de­spite the wishes of those in­side or out­side the ANC”.

The Sunday Times re­ported over the week­end that top fig­ures in the ANC, in­clud­ing Ma­gashule, were hold­ing se­cret meet­ings plot­ting to re­move Ramaphosa. Zuma, Ma­gashule, North West’s for­mer premier Supra Mahumapelo, ANC Women’s League sec­re­tary Matuba Meokgo and ANC Youth League (ANCYL) KwaZulu-Natal leader Than­dux­olo Sa­belo re­port­edly met on Thurs­day at Ma­ha­rani ho­tel in Dur­ban.

That meet­ing, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per, was pre­ceded by an­other one the pre­vi­ous day in Umh­langa Rocks, where for­mer SAA board chair­woman Dudu Miyeni was in at­ten­dance.

The group, which sup­ported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over from the for­mer pres­i­dent, is said to be set­ting their eyes on chal­leng­ing the out­comes of the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence, claim­ing mas­sive ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties at branches and that most of the con­fer­ence del­e­gates were il­le­git­i­mate. – ANA

Pic­ture: Nokuthula Mbatha/ANA

ANC pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son, Zizi Kodwa.

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