ANCYL's Njabulo Nzuza blasts 'popularity-seeking' Bheki Cele

2017-09-11 21:17
Njabulo Nzuza (File, Gallo Images)

Njabulo Nzuza (File, Gallo Images)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Monday slammed ANC national executive committee member Bheki Cele for making statements that the league says give the impression that President Jacob Zuma is reckless.

The condemnation comes after Cele said that there was a plot to remove Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

According to an Eyewitness News report, Cele told a gathering at the provincial shop stewards' council meeting in Durban on Sunday that he had been told of plans to remove Ramaphosa in order to destabilise the country and cause enough chaos for the December elective conference not to go ahead.

Cele's comments fuelled speculation that another Cabinet reshuffle was looming after reports that former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would be sworn in as an MP.

According to the report, Cele claimed that he had seen a message which revealed plans to remove Ramaphosa.

It was not clear who he would be replaced with.

'It is the prerogative of the president'

On Monday, ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza said: "We do not know what comrade Bheki Cele is talking about. We don't know where he is getting his information, but that information is divisive to the ANC, it is promoting disunity and painting a picture which says the president is reckless."

Nzuza said Cele should present the facts within the party if he has them.

"We are very disappointed with the increasing number of leaders that we used to respect that we are losing respect for; who are going on public platforms and raising negative issues about the ANC when they know where the headquarters of the ANC are."

Nzuza said: "They go there and seek popularity and then they are seen as pop stars that are better than anything else in the ANC, such behaviour is unacceptable. If you are a pop star at your personal level, keep it at your personal level, don't try [to] gain [popularity] in the organisation by just jumping onto platforms saying all sorts of things that are not validated."

Read: Zuma may again fire critics in cabinet - analysts

Nzuza said the appointment of ministers or deputy ministers was a process that was clearly outlined in the Constitution.

"It is the prerogative of the president and we should keep it as that.

If something happens, statements will be issued and there will obviously be an organisational process that will come through from the deployment committee to officials and even the [ANC] national working committee.

"For him to go out in the streets and say these things is very disappointing, especially coming from leaders that we held in high regard. What they are doing is wrong and they should refrain from doing it."

Also read: Dlamini-Zuma cannot be reduced to just the Zuma family - Mantashe

Read more on:    ancyl  |  nko­sazana dlamini-zuma  |  cyril ­ramaphosa  |  jacob zuma  |  bheki cele

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.