- ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has confirmed he is joining forces with President Ramaphosa in an effort to unify the ANC
- Magashule said he and Ramaphosa would work together to heal and unite the ANC and would plot to eradicate factionalism, poverty and unemployment
- The ANC NEC has ordered the ANC top 6 leaders to investigate an alleged plot to overthrow Ramaphosa
African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule has tried to rubbish suggestions of a growing rift between himself and President Cyril Ramaphosa by confirming he and the president would join forces in an effort to unify the ANC and to better serve the people of South Africa.
Magashule said he and Ramaphosa would plot together to eradicate infighting, factionalism and divisions in the ANC and would plot to end poverty, inequality and unemployment in South Africa. Magashule tried incredibly hard to emphasise the ANC's renewed focus on presenting a unified front.
Magashule spoke after the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. He gave an overview of the outcome of the meeting to members of the media.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Magashule revealed that the NEC had instructed the ANC’s top six leaders to investigate the alleged plot to overthrow Ramaphosa.
Magashule is embroiled in an alleged plot to overthrow Ramaphosa. His co-conspirators include former president Jacob Zuma, Supra Mahumapelo and the leaders of the ANC’s Women’s and Youth Leagues.
Magashule admitted to meeting with Zuma but denied he was involved in a plot to overthrow Ramaphosa.
Eyewitness News reported that Magashule once again denied being involved in any plot apart from plotting with Ramaphosa on unifying the ANC ahead of the 2019 general election and how to best serve the needs of ordinary South Africans.
Citizen.co.za reported that Magashule said he and Ramaphosa enjoyed working together and would not allow outside influences to distract them from their goal of unity.
Ramaphosa warned the ANC that showing anything other than a united front ahead of the 2019 election could spell disaster for the party and could even cost the party its majority in Parliament.
Ramaphosa spoke about unity or bust for the ANC during his speech at the Winnie Madikizela Memorial Talk on Sunday evening.
While Magashule confirmed that the ANC’s top leadership had been tasked with investigating the alleged plot he declined to provide details about the investigation such as its scope or how he and Ramaphosa would fit into the probe.
The ANC has also called on its members, particularly high-ranking officials, to desist from making contradictory public statements. The party’s official spokesperson was criticised by the NEC for denying Magashule had met with Zuma only for Magashule to confirm the meeting hours later.
Meanwhile, as reported earlier by Briefly.co.za the NEC resolved for ANC officials to meet with former president’s Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma to discuss their public comments about land reform and state capture.
The ANC said while Mbeki and Zuma’s opinions were important they were a direct contradiction of official party policy which could lead to confusion and infighting among the party’s supporters and members.
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