Insiders say ANC alliance partners set to meet over Magashule's coup

Insiders say ANC alliance partners set to meet over Magashule's coup

- Insiders claim a meeting is scheduled today between ANC alliance partners

- Reportedly, they are concerned about allegations that Ace Magashule intends to appoint Zuma supporters as portfolio committee chairs

- This comes as the ANC has still not selected its chairs

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A meeting between ANC alliance partners is reportedly set to take place today concerning allegations that Ace Magashule had planned to appoint members of the party's pro-Zuma faction to positions as parliamentary portfolio committee chairs.

The meeting is said to include Cosatu General-Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali and the SACP's Solly Mapaila, among others.

Cosatu and the SACP have reportedly raised concerns about the planned appointments.

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According to Eyewitness News, Magashule had selected Zuma loyalists for the positions of portfolio committee chairs in a move aimed at weakening President Cyril Ramaphosa's position.

However, Magashule's plan was slowed by a string of resignations by former ANC ministers. 

Indeed, the ANC has yet to decide on its portfolio committee chairs a full month after Parliament sat to elect Ramaphosa, has gathered.

These chairpersons have considerable power. As a result, Ramaphosa would be substantially weakened if those opposed to him within the ANC managed to claim these influential positions.

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However, the DA claims that this infighting and the ANC's slowness to appoint chairpersons is interfering with the functioning of Parliament. 

The party's Chief Whip John Steenhuisen, for example, slammed the ANC for its "inertia" and "turmoil" regarding its slowness in appointing chairpersons.

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