- Cyril Ramaphosa has rejected Julius Malema's suggestion that the president is set to lose an ANC internal leadership battle
- The ANC's spokesperson also rubbished the suggestion
- Ramaphosa said he was focused on serving South Africans rather than on "fables"
Cyril Ramaphosa has dismissed Julius Malema's allegations that the president would be replaced during the ANC's national general council.
Ramaphosa said the EFF leader's claims were just "fables".
He made the comments while speaking at a rally over the weekend held at near Kagiso on the West Rand.
Ramaphosa compared Malema's comments to similar suggestions that had been made in 2017 that Ramaphosa would lose the ANC leadership battle at Nasrec. He said that Malema would be proven wrong just as previous naysayers had been.
The president added that he was not concerned with "fables" and was instead focused on serving South Africans.
Ramaphosa also used the rally as an opportunity to enter campaign mode, and he proceeded to promise that the ANC would create more jobs and provide more housing, if elected.
However, Ramaphosa made sure to point out that high unemployment was a global phenomenon rather than a purely South African one - which reads as a subtle attempt to shift responsibility for joblessness away from government.
He also sang his party's praises concerning its increase in the provision of jobs and social grants, according to The Sowetan.
His comments were echoed by ANC spokesperson, Dakota Lekgoete, who rejected Malema's allegations and referred to them as "wishful thinking", Briefly.co.za has learned.
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