ANC denies purge of anti-Zuma members

2013-06-08 22:05
President Jacob Zuma. (Picture: AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - The African National Congress is not purging its members who did not support President Jacob Zuma for re-election at Mangaung in 2012, the party said on Saturday.

"The ANC places it on record that it is not involved in the purging of any of its members," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"In fact, it is the national executive committee (NEC) led by comrade President Jacob Zuma, before and after the Mangaung conference, that castigated any instances of factional pronouncements and statements that sought to sow division within the ANC."

Mthembu was reacting to an article published on Friday by the Mail & Guardian.

According to the report Zuma supporters were conducting a purge in the provinces ahead of next year's national elections.

ANC members who did not support Zuma at the Mangaung conference last year reportedly claimed they were quietly being purged from party structures.

Mthembu accused the newspaper of seeking to draw "non-existent linkages" between charges brought by courts of law against members and so-called battles within the ANC.

The party had consistently maintained that everyone was innocent until proven guilty by a competent process of the law, he said.

Mthembu said provinces such as Limpopo and the North West were identified as requiring attention and intervention from the NEC due to problems of unity and stability.

"Provinces and national government, before and after Mangaung, have often identified the need to reshuffle and re-engineer their executive committees in order enhance delivery of their mandate," he said.

Mthembu said the ANC-led government would continue to make "these necessary adjustments in the interest of serving our people with no fear or favour".

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