Not a plot, it's elections - Mantashe
Johannesburg - There is nothing "malicious" about campaigning for an elective conference, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.
"I think the formal description of an elective conference as a plot is the depth of hatred for democracy," he told journalists in Johannesburg.
"I see nothing malicious about campaigning in the run up to an elective conference. It's not a plot, it's elections."
Mantashe was commenting on weekend reports that senior members of the ANC were "plotting" to oust President Jacob Zuma at the party's elective conference next year.
He denied that a meeting took place in Escourt to plan Zuma's demise saying some of those named did not even know where Escourt in KZN was.
The report fingered ANC NEC member Tokyo Sexwale and its treasurer general among others.
Mantashe quipped that the pair were "veteran plotters" but remained in the ANC.