ANC questions timing of Zuma 'plot' report

2011-04-11 23:00
Johannesburg - The ANC on Monday questioned the timing of a report on a plot to oust President Jacob Zuma at the ANC's elective conference in 2012.

"The timing of the disclosure of the so-called plot which is at the time when senior members of the crime intelligence are facing criminal charges and the ANC is facing elections raises many questions, chief among them; whether there is no pattern emerging where indeed there are attempts from some quarters and the media to portray 'an ANC that is at war with itself'," said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu in a statement.

"In this regard we want to state categorically that the ANC national leadership, all its provinces and branches, are united behind the leadership of comrade Jacob Zuma.

"No attempt to sow division within the ANC leadership and the ANC broadly will ever work. We have defeated these tendencies in the past and we will not fail to defeat them now."

This followed a report by the Sunday Independent which named alleged conspirators plotting Zuma's removal as president of the ANC.

The report said a 22-page document, allegedly emanating from an intelligence probe into national police commissioner General Bheki Cele, detailed the conspiracy to oust Zuma.

It was reportedly stated in the document that Cele, a known Zuma supporter, had "ditched" the President in favour of Human Settlements Minister and ANC national executive committee member Tokyo Sexwale.

The paper reported that the arrest of crime intelligence boss Richard Mdludli had "lifted the lid on a ferocious political tug-of-war raging in the ANC" ahead of the 2012 conference.

The Mail & Guardian on Friday reported that Mdludli had obtained a "secret intelligence report detailing extensive allegations of corruption against Cele".

The document stated that a group of "anti-Zuma" members, called the "Mvela Group", met in Estcourt in January where they allegedly plotted Zuma's ousting.

It said, a few days thereafter, revelations appeared in the media that Zuma had fathered a child out of wedlock with the daughter of soccer boss Irvin Khoza, Sonono.

Mthembu said the "so-called plot meeting" on January 23, 2011, did not take place as the alleged plotters were not in KwaZulu-Natal at the time.

The Sunday Independent report, however, did not stipulate whether the meeting had taken place in 2011.

Mthembu also said it was a "known fact" that Sexwale had "publicly endorsed" Zuma for a second term.

"We also find it very strange that the said newspaper and others... never even asked these leaders of the ANC whether they did attend such a meeting.

"Instead they rushed to print the article without canvassing their side of the story, which goes against the grain of objective journalism.

"We also find it very crude and suspicious that the said newspaper will rely on people who are facing serious charges for wrongdoing.

"At any rate, such a report without corroboration from a credible source or another intelligence arm raises doubt on its credibility. We find it strange that a division that is responsible for crime intelligence ends up 'investigating' a purely political matter that has no crime connotation or intention.

"This constitutes a mandate drift in the highest order and in itself it needs to be investigated," Mthembu said.

Justice Minister and ANC head of policy Jeff Radebe, on Monday also distanced himself from the alleged plot.

"I am neither aware of any such plot nor do I know of any group whose mission it is to work towards ousting President Zuma at the next ANC conference," Radebe said in a statement issued by his spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

"I consider these allegations spurious and malicious."

Radebe said he had never been to a meeting "secret or not" in Estcourt.

The report said Sexwale led a group of ANC leaders, including Radebe, who wanted to prevent Zuma from serving a second term at the helm of the ruling party.

Other ANC leaders included KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize, ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa, ANC NEC member and former ANCYL president Fikile Mbalula, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile, ANC deputy secretary general Thandi Modise, and NEC members David Mabuza, Enoch Gondongwana and Tony Yengeni, it said.

- SAPA

Read more on:    anc  |  jackson mthembu  |  jacob zuma  |  tokyo sexwale  |  elections  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X

EFF sees red over Hitler

2014-07-23 22:28

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
34 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Gordons Bay - 18:30 PM
    Road name: R44 Faure Marine Drive Both Ways
    ROAD CLOSED at Suikerbossie Drive due to roadworks until 5am - traffic diverted - expect delays
  • Wednesday Kuils River - 18:01 PM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - expect delays
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Torch 9810

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 gives you the powerful combination of...

From R2790.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your heart is big and you are sensitive to the needs of those around you. Your humanitarian side is emphasized today and you may...read more

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.