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

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

Njabulo Nzuza (File, Gallo Images)

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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

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