ANC dirty cam­paign hits Cyril

Ramaphosa’s staff tar­geted

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - LUY­OLO MKEN­TANE AND GE­ORGE MATLALA

AROGUE in­tel­li­gence re­port call­ing for a “surveil­lance op­er­a­tion” on Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s cam­paign to be­come head of state has sur­faced, hot on the heels of failed at­tempts to re­move Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

The poorly worded three-page doc­u­ment, which The Star has seen, calls for a bud­get of R1.5 mil­lion to, among other things, con­duct surveil­lance on those de­scribed as run­ning Ramaphosa’s cam­paign to be­come the next pres­i­dent.

The surveil­lance is aimed at es­tab­lish­ing how Ramaphosa’s cam­paign is funded, and seeks to look into sta­te­owned en­ter­prises.

Those tar­geted in­clude, among oth­ers, Ramaphosa’s po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Steyn Speed, ANC head of eco­nomic pol­icy Enoch Godong­wana, Be­hav­iour Change Agency founder Pat Goven­der and for­mer Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­ion Sparg.

Sparg is a for­mer Umkhonto weSizwe guer­rilla who wrote a let­ter to Zuma in 2014 and called on him to re­sign over the Nkandla se­cu­rity up­grades scan­dal.

ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Philly Ma­pu­lane is said to be the chair­per­son of Ramaphosa’s cam­paign.

The du­bi­ous re­port says the surveil­lance op­er­a­tion has to be “highly con­fi­den­tial”, rec­om­mends that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be con­cluded “swiftly by Oc­to­ber” and says a to­tal bud­get of R1.5m was re­quired.

“Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the fol­low­ing State Se­cu­rity Agen­cies, SARS/FIC (Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Cen­tre) and de­part­ments must zero in on the cam­paign king­pin Mar­ion Sparg. Fur­ther­more we re­quest to ob­tain per­mis­sion to em­bark on a surveil­lance op­er­a­tion around Sparg, as she will lead us fur­ther.”

Godong­wana dis­missed the re­port as part of a dirty tricks cam­paign ahead of the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber,

Zuma wants for­mer AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to suc­ceed him.

Ma­pu­lane de­nied that he was the chair­per­son of Ramaphosa’s bid for the pres­i­dency.

“I, how­ever, as­so­ciate my­self with and sup­port the per­spec­tive in our or­gan­i­sa­tion that ar­gues that the deputy pres­i­dent of the ANC, Com­rade Cyril Ramaphosa, must as­cend to the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent of the ANC at our 54th na­tional con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber 2017,” he said.

“Con­trary to what some in our or­gan­i­sa­tion con­ve­niently ar­gue, ever since the po­si­tion of deputy pres­i­dent was cre­ated, his­tory and tra­di­tion has al­ways dic­tated that the deputy pres­i­dent suc­ceeds the pres­i­dent.”

Ma­pu­lane, who is also chair­per­son of Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs, de­cried the use of state re­sources to tar­get po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents, say­ing the prac­tice had started be­fore the ANC con­fer­ence in Polok­wane.

“Those of our com­rades who are in charge of this in­sti­tu­tion must be warned never to al­low this trea­sonous prac­tice to hap­pen within their port­fo­lios, as seems to be the case with this rogue in­tel­li­gence re­port.”

When con­tacted for com­ment, Speed said: “I am the po­lit­i­cal ad­viser to the deputy pres­i­dent of the coun­try; as such, I have no man­date to pro­vide com­ment to the me­dia on po­lit­i­cal mat­ters, ei­ther on or off the record.”

Goven­der said he had not seen the re­port. “I have not seen any such re­port. I cer­tainly am not spear­head­ing the cam­paign for Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to be­come the next pres­i­dent.”

State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo’s spokesper­son Brian Dube dis­missed the re­port as rub­bish. “This poorly worded doc­u­ment, (which is) full of gram­mat­i­cal er­rors, could have been writ­ten by any­one.”

Sparg could not be reached for com­ment.

The re­port comes a few days af­ter Zuma nar­rowly es­caped a vote of no-con­fi­dence against him, which was con­ducted through a se­cret bal­lot, in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

Of 384 MPs who voted, 177 wanted Zuma to go, while 198 re­jected the mo­tion. Nine MPs ab­stained.

The op­po­si­tion par­ties hold 151 seats in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

This means as many as 35 ANC MPs voted with their con­science, mark­ing the first time in the his­tory of the coun­try’s democ­racy that ANC leg­is­la­tors voted with the op­po­si­tion for the re­moval of their sit­ting pres­i­dent.

The du­bi­ous re­port mir­rors the one al­legedly used by Zuma to fire Pravin Gord­han and Mce­bisi Jonas as fi­nance min­is­ter and deputy re­spec­tively.

The so-called in­tel­li­gence re­port, which was also rid­den with gram­mat­i­cal er­rors, al­leged that the pair had planned to use their Euro­pean and Amer­i­can tour to mo­bilise the mar­kets against the South African gov­ern­ment.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said at the time that Zuma had told them that he used the in­tel­li­gence re­port to fire Gord­han. But the pres­i­dent later de­nied he had based his de­ci­sion to fire Gord­han and Jonas on the ques­tion­able re­port.

EKURHULENI be­came a po­lit­i­cal bat­tle­ground when pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma vis­ited the re­gion on the cam­paign trail yes­ter­day.

The two lead­ers were lit­er­ally a few kilo­me­tres apart, with Ramaphosa ad­dress­ing sup­port­ers dur­ing a me­mo­rial lec­ture on Oliver Tambo in Tem­bisa, while Dlamini Zuma ad­dressed a prayer gath­er­ing against child and woman abuse in Ger­mis­ton.

Ramaphosa, who called for the ANC not to be handed over to thieves, was with ANC Gaut­eng pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Hope Papo; ANC MP and for­mer Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gun­gubele, a fierce critic of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma; and Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi, among oth­ers.

Dlamini Zuma was ac­com­pa­nied by ANC Women’s League pres­i­dent Batha­bile Dlamini, ANC Youth League sec­re­tary-gen­eral Njab­ulo Nzuza and MK Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion spokesper­son Carl Niehaus.

Ekurhuleni is the only re­gion in Gaut­eng that sup­ports Zuma, through his ally and cur­rent mayor Mzwandile Masina.

Ramaphosa said the re­gion was im­por­tant as it was the in­dus­trial hub and eco­nomic en­gine of the prov­ince.

He ad­mit­ted that the ANC was cur­rently at its low­est ebb, due to fac­tion­al­ism, cor­rup­tion and tardy pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion.

He said the ANC needed to get into top gear and im­ple­ment party de­ci­sions in gov­ern­ment af­ter the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber, where Zuma is ex­pected to step down as party leader.

Ramaphosa lashed out against state cap­ture by Zuma’s con­tro­ver­sial friends the Gup­tas, say­ing cor­rup­tion had be­come en­trenched in the pub­lic sec­tor and the coun­try gen­er­ally.

“This is where state cap­ture has been hap­pen­ing with de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fects and where re­sources have been mis­placed, looted and stolen. This is where money has been dis­ap­pear­ing.

“We are say­ing we want our money back. Money that has been given out with­out good rea­son must be brought back,” he said to loud ap­plause.

The ANC should not claim vic­tory when poverty, in­equal­ity and unem­ploy­ment were still em­bed­ded in so­ci­ety, the deputy pres­i­dent added.

Ramaphosa called for rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion to ad­dress the prob­lem.

Dlamini Zuma, how­ever, in­sisted that rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion would be

We need land, not just for our peo­ple, but for women

in­stru­men­tal in lev­el­ling the eco­nomic play­ing field.

“The ANC said the land must be re­turned to the peo­ple; the Free­dom Char­ter states that the land must be re­turned to those who live on it.

“We need land, not just for our peo­ple but for women as well, be­cause we have the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of tak­ing care of fam­i­lies, and it isn’t easy,” she said.

“When we talk about trans­for­ma­tion, we are say­ing that ev­ery­body has the right to be in these spa­ces, and women should be at the fore­front.”

In Tem­bisa, Ramaphosa chas­tised com­rades who were us­ing the ANC as a ve­hi­cle for self-en­rich­ment and said ANC mem­bers needed to re­claim the gov­ern­ing party from such peo­ple.

“We need to have com­rades who are not go­ing to serve any other in­ter­ests but the in­ter­ests of the move­ment. We need com­rades who won’t serve the in­ter­ests of their fam­i­lies,” he said, call­ing for the re­newal of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Let’s take the ANC to where it be­longs and make sure the ANC emerges as the best or­gan­i­sa­tion the coun­try has ever seen.

“Our peo­ple are not fools; they want a strong, de­ci­sive and pow­er­ful ANC that will take clear de­ci­sions,” he said.

He also spoke of the need to unite the party lead­er­ship. “The fac­tions must end.”

TAR­GET: Mar­ion Sparg is named in the rogue in­tel­li­gence re­port.

PIC­TURE: NOKUTHULA MBATHA

IN HIS EL­E­MENT: ANC deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa de­liv­ered the Oliver Tambo me­mo­rial lec­ture in Tem­bisa, Ekurhuleni yes­ter­day.

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