African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Pule Mabe says the leadership of the ruling party at all times seeks unity among members.
Mabe says reports in a local weekend newspaper aims to to isolate the Secretary General of the ANC, Ace Magashule.
He says the ANC dismisses any claims that there was a plot to oust current President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“I can tell you now, that there’s no plot, and I sit in the collective of the National Executive Committee – and the ANC is focusing on the task of unity and renewal of the party.”
According to the report, former President Jacob Zuma held a clandestine meeting with top ANC officials – including the party’s Secretary-General Ace Magashule, former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and ANC Youth League Secretary in KwaZulu-Natal, Thanduxolo Sabelo.
The reports says the discussions were about a strategy to challenge the outcomes of the 2017 ANC national conference, which elected Ramaphosa.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe , click video below:
Earlier, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu tweeted that if the allegations are true they deserve urgent attention from the NEC.
The @SundayTimesZA story today alleging ” a plot to oust our President @CyrilRamaphosa ” deserves urgent attention by @MYANC NEC . The alleged clandestine plot , which regrettably includes the SG , comrade Ace Magashule , undermines the unity and renewal efforts of the ANC .
— Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) September 9, 2018
Meanwhile, in an interview with SABC News, Thanduxolo Sabelo has demanded an investigation to clear his name.
“I am not involved in any plot to oust the president of the ANC, comrade Cyril Ramaphosa… I have a very good working relation with the President of the ANC, and I see this article as an aim to try and weaken that relationship…”
“…this is very funny reporting from the journalist, because indeed I am a resident of Durban and I was on the precinct of the hotel… I was not part of any meeting… I have lodged a complaint with the Press Ombudsman…”
Watch interview with Thanduxolo Sabelo: