Union says ANC ‘elements’ moving to ‘recall’ Zuma

2010-03-05 13:15

THERE was a movement within the ANC to push for a motion of no

confidence in South African President Jacob Zuma later this year, the SA

Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said today.

“Counter revolutionaries” within the leading party were moving to

“recall” the president, said Mathandeki Nhlapo, general secretary of the

Congress of SA Trade Union’s affiliate.

At a briefing, he said the group consisted of “progressive

elements” within the leadership of the ANC – which is in an alliance with Cosatu

and the SA Communist Party.

Nhlapo would not name these individuals, but said it was the same

group which leaked information on a planned coup on former president Thabo

Mbeki’s government before the ANC’s Polokwane conference in 2007.

At the time, a report was circulated claiming that businessmen

Tokyo Sexwale and Cyril Ramaphosa were behind an attempt to remove Mbeki from

the presidency.

Nhlapo said the people who leaked the report were responsible for

the possible vote of no confidence against Zuma. They wanted to “cause chaos” in

the country.

“Those people are still within the movement, but they are in the

way of what we are doing,” he said. “We need to crush those people and brutally


Nhlapo said there was “very, very serious” political tension within

the ANC-led tripartite alliance.

He said Samwu, which “demands” socialism, would defend Zuma.

“Some elements in the ANC want to make changes prematurely,” he


“The ANC cannot be hijacked as we now see happening. We will deal

with corruption that is killing the ANC at this time.”

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