Zu­marite dis­owns the case he just lost

Sunday Times - - News Politics - By ZIMASA MATIWANE

The man who failed to con­vince the Pre­to­ria high court to over­turn Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC boss has dis­tanced him­self from the case, say­ing he with­drew his ap­pli­ca­tion in Jan­uary.

Vin­cent Myeni, an ANC branch leader in the Moses Mab­hida re­gion in KwaZu­luNatal, told the Sun­day Times he was “shocked” when he read in the me­dia that the court had ruled against him in a case he was no longer in­volved in.

“I have no in­ter­est in that thing. We have not pur­sued it. As far as I’m con­cerned it was with­drawn long ago. I in­structed my lawyers to with­draw it in Jan­uary,” he said.

Myeni said that the with­drawal was in­formed by “or­gan­i­sa­tional dis­ci­pline”.

In his court pa­pers, Myeni pleaded with the high court to over­turn the election of the ANC top six, claim­ing the process was fraught with fraud and ma­nip­u­la­tion. He also claimed there was a con­flict of in­ter­est as one ANC leader had a re­la­tion­ship with a di­rec­tor of the election’s fa­cil­i­ta­tor, the EleXions Agency.

The court dis­missed his ap­pli­ca­tion with costs.

The judg­ment comes as the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has man­dated party of­fi­cials to in­ves­ti­gate claims that a fac­tion that sup­ported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at Nas­rec last year is plot­ting to un­seat Ramaphosa.

In­sid­ers told the Sun­day Times that the plan in­volved, among other things, go­ing to court to chal­lenge Ramaphosa’s election.

Myeni is known in ANC cir­cles as a close ally of Ja­cob Zuma backer and for­mer Moses Mab­hida chair Mthandeni Dlung­wane.

He also en­joys close ties to Zuma strong­man and ANC MP Mervyn Dirks.

“He is very close to the Zuma fac­tion in Moses Mab­hida that has a di­rect line with the for­mer pres­i­dent, par­tic­u­larly Dlung­wane,” said an ANC in­sider from the re­gion.

But Myeni down­played his re­la­tion­ship with Dlung­wane and Dirks, call­ing it a “com­radely or­gan­i­sa­tional re­la­tion­ship”.

“I am the chair of the branch, Mthandeni is the chair of the re­gion. I have that or­gan­i­sa­tional re­la­tion­ship with him.

“Dirks is a mem­ber of my branch. When you are com­rades you have that re­la­tion­ship. Be­cause he is from my branch, I see him now and then,” he said.

Dirks con­firmed he is a mem­ber of the branch Myeni chairs but said the case was never dis­cussed with him. “Af­ter Nas­rec I went on hol­i­day and read about the court chal­lenge in the me­dia,” he said.

Dirks said his re­la­tion­ship with Myeni was more about sports than pol­i­tics.

“He [Myeni] coached a Vo­da­com soc­cer team that I owned. When he be­came chair­per­son of the ANC branch I was serv­ing on, I was serv­ing on the then ANC PEC. So I was not ac­tu­ally po­lit­i­cally in­volved in the branch dur­ing the time that he chaired the branch be­cause I be­came the PEC de­ployee to eThek­wini re­gion and then Par­lia­ment,” Dirks said. At­tempts to get com­ment from Dlung­wane were un­suc­cess­ful.

As far as I’m con­cerned the case was with­drawn long ago. I in­structed my lawyers to [do so] in Jan­uary

Vin­cent Myeni

Moses Mab­hida ANC branch leader

Pic­ture: Face­book

Vin­cent Myeni, far right, in the com­pany of ANC KwaZulu-Natal pro­vin­cial heavy­weights Mthandeni Dlung­wane, left, and Su­per Zuma.

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