Zuma smears in KZN

2007-12-10 00:00

The Mbeki camp has allegedly intensified its campaign among delegates in KZN ahead of the ANC elective conference in Limpopo next week.

Mbeki loyalists have been accused of using underhand tactics, including mounting a campaign to discredit ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma.

Provincial ANC secretary Senzo Mchunu said he is aware that a document that “sought to discredit” Zuma has been circulated to delegates in the province and “possibly throughout the country”.

He did not elaborate on the contents of such document.

Mchunu said the origin of the document has not been established as the ANC has not investigated.

Yesterday, the Sunday Times also reported that e-mails and SMS messages — titled “Defend the ANC the moment of truth has arrived” — have also been circulated to delegates who will represent the province in Limpopo.

According to the report, the message asks: “Who is funding the Zuma campaign? Are they not expecting something in return when he becomes president?”

Mchunu said he has not personally seen the SMS, but is aware that there are quite “a number of these doing the rounds”.

All of this is viewed as part of the Mbeki camp’s campaign to “tell the truth about Zuma” ahead of next week’s conference.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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