- ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is expected to meet with the party’s top 6 leaders on Monday to answer questions about his role in the so-called secret Zuma meetings
- The ANC’s National Working Committee will meet on Monday with the alleged secret Zuma meeting expected to dominate proceedings
- Magashule has admitted attending the meeting along with other senior ANC members but has denied the meeting was to discuss ousting President Ramaphosa
African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule is expected to have a tense meeting with the party’s top six leaders on Monday. Magashule has been summoned by the leadership to explain himself over attending what has become known as the secret Zuma meeting.
The ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) will meet on Monday and the alleged secret Zuma meetings and the subsequent media fallout are expected to dominate proceedings. Magashule admitted to attending the meeting but said he had done so in his personal capacity.
Magashule denied the meeting was a plot to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa from power but has told the ANC that certain ANC branches planned to challenge the results of the ANC’s 54th national elective conference which was held in December.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the so-called secret Zuma meeting was attended by former president Jacob Zuma, Magashule, former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo and the leaders of both the ANC women’s league and youth league.
Magashule seems to be contracting not only what the ANC has said but also himself about the nature of the meeting. Thesouthafrican.com reported that Magashule said he had discussed organisational issues at the meeting.
This seems to fly directly in the face of Magashule claiming he was at the meeting in his personal capacity as was reported by EWN.co.za. Furthermore, the ANC’s Zizi Kodwa said the party had no obligation to comment on the meeting because it did not involve ANC business.
The ANC ordered Magashule to explain his presence at the meeting in Durban to the media and to deal with the subsequent media furore and will now have to give a more detailed version of events to the party’s top leaders.
This comes after an earlier explanation by Magashule left many of the ANC’s top leaders with more questions than answers.
Meanwhile, ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe has declined to comment on what would be on the agenda when the NWC meets on Monday.
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