- Gwede Mantashe says an ANC National General Council cannot oust Cyril Ramaphosa
- He made the remarks in response to speculation thatsome party members may attempt to remove Ramaphosa from his position as president
- Mantashe stressed that the NGC could not overturn a decision made at an elective conference
ANC chair, Gwede Mantashe, has denied speculation that the party could remove Cyril Ramaphosa.
He made the comments at the IEC results centre on Thursday.
Mantashe assured the media that Ramaphosa would remain the ANC leader until the next elective conference in 2022.
This comes after rumours that a faction within the ANC may move to oust the president. Julius Malema, for example, has floated the idea that Ramaphosa will be opposed by those in his party who do not support his reforms and pledges to root out corruption.
In particular, some have speculated that the party's National General Council could remove Ramaphosa. The National General Council is essentially the party's midterm conference.
However, Mantashe said that a National General Council does not have this kind of power and can only review policy decision. He stressed that it could not overturn a decision made at an elective conference, according to News24.
"There are only two methods of removal of a president," Mantashe said. "If you go to a conference or ask for special conference, and that requires an application by a majority of the provinces."
The ANC's head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, also touched on the issue when he claimed that Ramaphosa had the total support of the ANC. However, he qualified his statement by adding that he could not account for the "dark force" within the party, Briefly.co.za gathered.
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