Irate Mkhize denies plot to oust Zuma

2011-04-11 00:00

THE leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize, has dismissed as “blue and scurrilous lies” media reports that he was part of a plot to oust president Jacob Zuma as the leader of the ANC.

In a report the Sunday Independent yesterday named Mkhize, a well-known Zuma ally and his personal friend, as well as other top ANC leaders, as bein gpart of a plot to oust Zuma from being the president of the ruling party and replace him with ANC national executive committee (NEC) member and Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale at its 2012 elective conference.

Among the alleged plotters named by the newspaper are former Zuma backers Sexwal,; ANC treasurer-general Matthews Phosa, ANC policy head and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, national police commissioner General Bheki Cele and ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Other ANC NEC leaders who were named were Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Tony Yengeni, ANC Gauteng leader Paul Mashatile, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and ANC deputy secretary-general and North-West Premier Thandi Modise.

Addressing an ANC election manifesto launch rally, held at Adams Mission outside Durban yesterday, an angry Mkhize deviated from his prepared speech to denythe report.

“There is no way we could plot to remove Zuma. We worked hard for him to be there.That’s a blue lie, scurrilous lies.

“Even if people were dreaming that Msholozi [Zuma’s clan name] had been removed, when they wake up they will find him still in charge. He is there by popular demand. There cannot be such a plot against Msholozi,” Mkhize said to rapturous applause.

Mkhize said the report was clearly the work of information peddlers and that he found it worrying because it seems that among the people involved in compiling the report are people who are employed within some state organs.

At a media briefing after the address, Mkhize said he learnt

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Zweli Mkhize

There is no way we could plot to remove Zuma. We worked hard for him to be there. … He is there by popular demand. There cannot be such a plot against Msholozi.

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