‘Please make a retraction tomorrow’

2010-09-22 11:18

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has called on media houses reporting that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has hatched an “M Plan” to fight back against the lashing of its leadership by President Jacob Zuma in his speech to issue retractions to avoid the party taking them to the media ombudsman.

Addressing a press briefing on the sidelines of the party’s national general council (NGC) in Durban, Mthembu said the stories of a plan to counter Zuma’s criticisms of the “misrepresentations”, which undermined both the council meeting and the coverage of it.

Stories which appeared this morning told of verbal clashes in one of the commissions dealing with Mbalula’s presentation on organisational renewal and leadership selection when the ANCYL attempted to raise demands that Malema’s record for causing disunity in the ANC with his unflattering comparisons between Zuma and his predecessor Thabo Mbeki.

Malema was censured, fined R10 000 and instructed to attend an ANC political school.

Mthembu said ANC leaders were “not aware” of any such plan or of any clashes during commissions.

“It is very unfortunate that there are some press reports that indicate there are some plans were are not aware of. There are indeed no such plans. Such speculative reporting doesn’t assist you. It doesn’t assist the people of South Africa. You are misinforming them,” Mthembu said.

Mthembu said delegates had supported Mbalula’s presentation by clapping and ululating.

“That does not constitute a plan. At no stage did any of our leaders who made presentations yesterday go against what the president said.

“We don’t need to write to the Ombudsman. Please make a retraction tomorrow, because you are wrong.

You got it wrong and you hatched a conspiracy in your own minds, plans that are not there from any of our leaders,” Mthembu said.

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