The media, commentators, opposition parties and some sections of the middle strata never wanted Jacob Zuma to be retained as the President of the ANC during the 53rd national conference in Mangaung - a repeat of a similar campaign in Polokwane, December 2007.
This anti-Zuma lynch-mob pulled all the stops to liquidate Zuma ahead of the Mangaung conference. They even rolled out priests to visit hell fire on Zuma in a desperate attempt to descredit the man before the eyes of ANC members.
When it emerged in the public domain that Cyril Ramaphosa would run as Zuma's deputy, the media tried to disuade him him from standing. Ramaphosa was warned against running with Zuma as this would tarnish his name.
The Star newspaper went as far as carying a lie that Ramaphosa was not available to deputise Zuma.
As it were, Zuma defied the odds against him when he received an overwhelming vote of confidence for a second term as ANC president.
Ramaphosa went on to defy the illogical of the Zuma detractors when he stood as the latter's deputy.
With Ramaphosa elected Zuma's deputy the anti-ANC mob mounted a last ditch attempt to have their way by peddling distortions, misrepresentations and down-right lies about the former's role. According to these distortionists Ramaphosa would be a whole lot of things - Prime Minister, take charge of government, be the face of the ANC for the 2014 election campaign and many other similar fantasies.
In the week ahead of the unveiling of the ANC January 08 Statement, Ramaphosa made it very clear that Zuma remains the ANC president and would lead the party to yet another overwhelming electoral victory in 2014.
A clear sign that he is no Trojan Horse on a mission to destroy the ANC from within. He is one with the leadership collective he was elected with, and has no rented ambitions beyond those conferred on him by the ANC 53rd national conference in Mangaung in December last year.
Twitter: @molebi Facebook: Molebatsi Masedi