Plot to oust Zuma 'a blue lie' - Mkhize

2011-04-10 23:05

Durban - The leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Zweli Mkhize, has dismissed as "blue and scurrilous lies" media reports that he is part of a plot to oust President Jacob Zuma as the leader of the ANC.

In a report the Sunday Independent named Mkhize, a well-known Zuma ally and his personal friend, as well as other top ANC leaders, as bein gpart of a plot to oust Zuma from being the president of the ruling party and replace him with ANC national executive committee (NEC) member and Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale at its 2012 elective conference.

Among the alleged plotters named by the newspaper are former Zuma backers Sexwale; ANC treasurer general Matthews Phosa, ANC policy head and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, national police commissioner General Bheki Cele and ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Other ANC NEC leaders who were named were Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Tony Yengeni, ANC Gauteng leader Paul Mashatile, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and ANC deputy secretary general and North West Premier Thandi Modise.

Addressing an ANC election manifesto launch rally, held at Adams Mission outside Durban on Sunday, an angry Mkhize deviated from his prepared speech to deny the report.

"There is no way we could plot to remove Zuma. We worked hard for him to be there.That’s a blue lie, scurrilous lies.

There by popular demand

"Even if people were dreaming that Msholozi [Zuma’s clan name] had been removed, when they wake up they will find him still in charge.

"He is there by popular demand. There cannot be such a plot against Msholozi," Mkhize said to rapturous applause.

Mkhize said the report was clearly the work of information peddlers and that he found it worrying because it seems that among the people involved in compiling the report are people who are employed within some state organs.

At a media briefing after the address, Mkhize said he first learnt about the plot from Sunday's newspaper report. He emphasised there is no threat to remove Zuma at the ANC 2012 conference.

He said there was no way that the leaders named in the report could be involved in such unscrupulous activities.

"The ANC leadership has not opened discussion on the change of leadership during the 2012 conference. When the time is right to put that issue on the table, we will do that without any problem. There is nothing to fear on the succession debates.

"This is a destructive piece of misinformation," Mkhize said.

Frequent visits

Regarding Sexwale’s frequent visits to the province, Mkhize said Sexwale is the ANC NEC convenor for KZN and regularly meets ANC leaders in the province.

The newspaper said a meeting was held earlier this year in Estcourt at which details about the alleged plot were discussed.

Mkhize said the Estcourt meeting was a public meeting held to discuss the ANC January 8 Statement, which proceeded as discussed.

He said he first learned about the plot from the newspaper report, which claims as its source a 22-page document that allegedly emanated from a covert intelligence investigation into Cele.

The report said that among the ANC leaders targeted for removal at the ANC 2012 conference are secretary general Gwede Mantashe; NEC member Blade Nzimande; and the KZN deputy provincial chairperson and MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, Willies Mchunu.

Sexwale, who was in the race for ANC presidency during the pre-Polokwane conference in 2007, is touted as the next president of the party with Mkhize as his deputy.

  • Irelander - 2011-04-10 23:33

    First off what the heck is a blue lie? Secondly where theres smoke there is fire! - Can't be a good if malema is backing the other guy. I just hope we can be rid of these fools by 2020 any longer and it'll be to late.

      Wernerkwane - 2011-04-11 06:42

      Tokyo, for president. For starters he is a much more competent man....

      ArtGee - 2011-04-11 06:54

      More like a BLACK DENY.... If he agreed with the said plot, he would be OUT of a "JAWB".. so the DENY part is understandable!

      Atoombom - 2011-04-11 07:31

      @werner - Tokio is a bigger racist than most of the ANC together. Be carefull what you wish for

      ratex - 2011-04-11 08:44

      Werner, don't be too sure about Tokyo being the man. Where do you think he made his money in the first place? He ran the drug cartels for the Soweto area. But i do agree that he is infinately better than Zuma.

      BOY30 - 2011-04-11 10:21

      @Atoombom. Werner never mentioned anything about race. he said he is much more competent. I agree Zuma must go. He is corrupt. If ANC dont get rid of him they will lose my vote and many others.

      onetickie - 2011-04-11 10:48

      I've been trying to figure out the meaning of that as well :)

      mr mr - 2011-04-12 11:08

      Ayesab’ black amagwala (Black Cowards are scared) Dubula! dubula! dubula nge s’bhamu (Shoot, shoot, shoot them wit a gun) Dubul’ mnyama isilima (Shoot the black idiot) Dubula! dubula! dubula nge s’bhamu (Shoot, shoot, shoot them with a gun) Mama, ndiyeke ndidubul’ mnyama isilima (Ma, let me shoot the Black idiot) Dubula! dubula! dubula nge s’bhamu (Shoot, shoot, shoot them wit a gun) Ziyareypa mnyama lezinja (These black dogs rape) Dubula! dubula! dubula nge s’bhamu (Shoot, shoot, shoot them wit a gun)

      TheUgly - 2011-07-19 15:27

      @ArtGee: I agree. It's really hard to make a person understand if understanding has a negative affect on his bank balance.

      Mogwapa - 2011-07-19 15:45

      @ Atoombom if Tokyo is a racist do know who Tokyo got married to?

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-10 23:38

    He WOULD say all that, now wouldn't he?

      AFRO-GP-MALE - 2011-04-11 15:51


  • Brieuse - 2011-04-11 00:37

    Did he not mean a white lie?

      Pupuzela - 2011-04-11 08:12

      A blue lie to a black is what a white lie is like to a white...

      Zaq - 2011-04-11 11:52

      Hey! Are you trying to be racist, huh. A BLACK lie sounds so much more cool!!

      TheUgly - 2011-07-19 15:29

      @Brieuse - Yeah probably, but the ANC are against everything white.

  • tiotudg - 2011-04-11 05:32

    Die blou is die rokie van vuurtjie!

  • ArtGee - 2011-04-11 08:00

    "ANC is Stronger than Induviduals" Serious, ANC is falling apart, just like the RDP houses they built! Looked good in the begining, but after the 1st Storm, the cracks started showing! By 2014, the ANC will be a SHADOW of it's FORMER SELF! Long Live President ZILLE....!!!!!!

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-04-11 08:45


  • Adam - 2011-04-11 08:15

    Tokyo was and still is one of the biggest drug lords in this country. How he hasnt been prosecuted for his crimes is beyond me. He hasnt made his millions from being on boards or owning from legit companies. He has made his millions from leading our youth ( especially the less fortunate ) down the road of no return - pushing hard drugs to our kids. He doesnt deserve to be in any form of power.

      Benny66 - 2011-04-11 08:39

      And you get your information from where? In any case if what you say is even remotely true then surely, many would argue, this, from an ANC perspective, qualifies him for the position?

  • MactheKnife - 2011-04-11 08:16

    Watch this space, the PLOT thickens. Watch out Zuma.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-11 08:19

    Et tu,sorry... Et tu Julius..

  • Pupuzela - 2011-04-11 08:21

    Blue Lie Brigade!

  • Deset Rat - 2011-04-11 08:24

    Mkize was mis-quoted! What he really said, its a BLUE LIGHT

  • Green Oaks - 2011-04-11 08:32

    Zuma,remember. What comes around goes around"

  • logical007 - 2011-04-11 08:40

    A blue lie.... lol.... I suppose the ANC thought to say 'A white lie' would be racist.... and not Politically Correct to say... hahahahahah...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-11 09:34

      Agreed..., so I suppose that makes all the unused Govt buildings in Ulundi, Blue Elephants...

  • Janine - 2011-04-11 09:32

    What is a blue lie?

      Jack - 2011-04-11 09:44

      That soldier dude in Avatar got one!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-11 10:02

      Like if you say, "No offisher, I'm not under da affluence of incohol"...

      ArtGee - 2011-04-11 10:32

      Jack...ROFLMAO!!!! That dangly BLUE thingy hanging out the bottom of his torn shorts in Avatar! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!

  • BakkieB - 2011-04-11 10:16

    And the wolves circle

  • Rob - 2011-04-11 10:36

    Never believe anything politicians say until they oficially deny it.

  • onetickie - 2011-04-11 10:53

    White South African's need to start taking seriously the rantings of the madman jARSE. He is inciting violence against white people. Its not a joke anymore where one can just call him names and shrug him off. He is DANGEROUS. And the "zoo" (zuma) is clearly scared of him, hence taking no action! There will be more blood shed by the hands of a black person in the next week according to the stats. And whilst those stats stated one farmer is killed EVERY WEEK, they didn't say by whom. However it does not take much of a brain to know that THESE FARMERS ARE BEING KILLED BY BLACKS.

  • Rob - 2011-04-11 11:08

    This article has turned my life around. I used to be worried and confused, now I`m confused and worried.

  • v3 - 2011-04-11 11:33

    A top ANC kleptocrat has denied it. So it's true then.

  • Nalatari - 2011-04-11 11:49

    Ofcourse it will be a lie once it goes public!

  • Zaq - 2011-04-11 11:50

    YES! Let there be a plot to get rid of him, ummmm, let there be many plots! Wot a lot of fun!

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-04-11 15:24

    Where their is smoke there is fire!!!!!!

  • SABELO SIKO - 2011-04-11 15:38

    Blue lie means Amanga aluhlaza in Zulu.

      logical007 - 2011-04-11 15:58

      But was Mkhize not trying to speak English? International language of communication for business? But lets not worry its a less racist way of describing the lie! And since the ANC always deny-deny any lies... lets keep them blue! This party really suffers from foot and mouth!

  • mhaga.sabe - 2011-04-11 17:50

    What can be done with Sunday Independent if it turns out that this is a lie?? Their paper would have sold in any case!!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-04-12 00:05

    Eish, wat is a blue lie? Hau, why blue? Why she not pink or purple or red or green or black or not-so-black or white or not-so-white or yellow or brown or orange or indigo or torquise or whatever? In fact, WTF, why she not a rainbow lie? Dis covers all colours wifout calling kettle pot black etc. Blue is for porn, so pleez make rainbows for lies.........

  • janbantjies - 2011-07-19 15:17

    I`ve heard of "White lies" and "little white lies." The ANC have even created their very own "Black lie" more like.... "The big fat huge black lie." but "A blue lie" is a new one on me. Maybe it`s the SAPS version that is now going to be popularised.

  • TheUgly - 2011-07-19 15:24

    I'm getting sick and tired of news24 only posting articles where black people are the cause of corruption. Why can't they single out any white people for corruption?... Oh yeah... never mind.

  • Mogwapa - 2011-07-19 15:43

    Mkhize u shuld tell the journalists the truth, there is no plot to remove Msholozi but we are going 2 pass a motion of no confidence in him come 2012 december Mangaung. The man has failed Anc with his leniency, not acting against corruption. There is no transparancy & he is not holding his cadres accountable.

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