- Some within the ANC believes that the president is conspiring to topple the ANC
- The sell-off and privatisation of SOE's is just the start according to sources within the party
- A right-wing coalition government will unseat the ANC if Ramaphosa's alleged plan succeeds
There is a conspiracy theory circulating among some of the senior leaders of the ANC that President Cyril Ramaphosa is working to collapse the ANC and replace it with a coalition government in 2024.
Briefly.co.za learned that they believe that the president and his friends in the world of business are working to privatise state-owned enterprises and destroy companies owned by black South Africans and funded by the PIC (Public Investment Corporation). All of this is being done to turn voters against the ANC and make way for a coalition government made up of all the parties except the EFF.
Khusela Diko], Ramaphosa's spokesperson referred all questions to the ANC.
“I do not speak on ANC matters. Please may I request that you speak to the ANC spokesperson,” she said.
This was in response to reports that senior members of the NEC (national executive committee) confronted Ramaphosa about his alleged negative view of black-owned companies.
Xolani Dube, a political analyst has confirmed that he has heard rumours within the ANC that Ramaphosa is allegedly working with outside forces to collapse the ANC.
Part of this perception is that there are some in the ANC who believe that Ramaphosa is working with a group of elite families such as the Oppenheimers and the Ruperts.
“It’s not even a centre-right, but a right-wing coalition,” Dube said.
“Remember, there was that plan of 2017, where the ruling elites wanted the EFF and all the opposition parties to form the government of coalition.
“They tested that model in Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg and they noticed that this coalition was not working for them because the decisions were not made quicker and there was so much confusion,” he said.
Those who believe in the conspiracy believe that Ramaphosa sells off all state-owned entities and not give any contracts to black companies that fund the ANC and thereby starve the party of resources according to iol.co.za.
A senior ANC leader who voted for Ramaphosa at Nasrec alleged that the president was being influenced by his business partners to adopt policies counter to those of the ANC.
“We are selling everything now. By the time we wake up, we would have nothing to show as a country. We will have only Luthuli House,” said the NEC member.
Another NEC member claimed he was lied to about the economic trajectory. “They denied that they planned to sell any SOE. Now they want to destroy Independent and the Public Protector because they have shattered the myth of CR as a corruption buster, and his new-dawn administration as the fighters of state capture.”
Paul Mashatile, Deputy President David Mabuza, secretary-general Ace Magashule and his deputy, Jessie Duarte were the ANC members who confronted Ramaphosa at the NEC meeting a fortnight ago. Chairperson Gwede Mantashe came to Ramaphosa's defence.
“Paul is the one who raised the issue, saying the president needed to explain to the top six what was happening because there was a view out there that he has a negative attitude towards black businesses, and that he used the PIC to destroy them. The president said he was not involved with PIC matters at all. Ace, DD and Jessie supported Paul while Gwede came to the president’s defence,” said the source.
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