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Zuma versus Ramaphosa: ANC doesn’t have to explain meetings, says Zizi Kodwa

“Nobody, whether inside or outside the ANC, will succeed to change the outcomes of Nasrec,” says Zizi Kodwa.

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Zizi Kodwa / Image via anctoday.org.za

The Sunday Times report about a supposed plot, spearheaded by Jacob Zuma, intended to unseat President Cyril Ramaphosa is still making waves through the country.

The African National Congress (ANC), however, wishes the whole saga would just disappear from the public eye. Unfortunately for the ruling, that just isn’t possible, following the front page exposé, which has raised more than a few eyebrows amongst politicians and the public.

Does the ANC have something to hide?

Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and high ranking officials within the ANC have been stuck doing damage control since the report first surfaced.

The report alleges that Zuma met with staunch political allies in Durban last week, to discuss a presidential overthrow by way of contesting the results of last year’s ANC National Conference, which saw the election of Ramaphosa.

Parties implicated in the alleged plot are pro-Zuma affiliates, including; ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule, former premier of the North West province, Supra Mahumapelo, Women’s League (ANCWL) secretary-general, Meokgo Matuba, ANC Youth League (ANCYL) KwaZulu-Natal secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo, and former South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson, Dudu Myeni.

The ANCWL fired back at the report, verbally lambasting the journalists responsible. Sabelo denied being involved in any conference aimed at unseating Ramaphosa, but admitted he met with Magashule outside the Maharani hotel; he has since laid a complaint with the press ombudsman, citing libellous journalism.

The only ANC cadres taking the allegations to heart are Jackson Mthembu, the party’s Chief Whip, and Derek Hanekom, the minister of tourism. The latter stated:

“This is outrageous. ANC members and the public deserve a credible explanation. It cannot wait until our next scheduled NEC meeting. The integrity of our Movement is at stake. We cannot remain silent.”

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said the threat of a presidential overthrow, masterminded by Zuma, was very much real.

Zizi Kodwa speaks out

The ANC’s head of presidency, Zizi Kodwa, has joined the deny brigade, attempting to distance the party from the allegations. Speaking to News24, Kodwa maintained that the ruling party was not responsible for meetings conducted outside of the ANC banner, saying:

“What was the meeting about? How did it come about? Was it a coincidence? The ANC has no responsibility to explain a meeting which was not an ANC meeting.

The point that we are making is it’s not for us to ask anybody who was at that meeting, [or] what [the] meeting was about.

Nobody, whether inside or outside the ANC, will succeed to change the outcomes of Nasrec. Whatever wishes, happiness or unhappiness outside of the structures, that is not going to change.”