- ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte has blamed Secretary-General Ace Magashule for leaking a recent viral recording of her
- Duarte solidifies her stance on the Jacob Zuma and Raymond Zondo matter in the recording that was released earlier this week
- Duarte pleaded with Magashule and his supporters to not allow the party to be brought into disrepute
ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte directs blame at ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule for leaking recordings of her while attending high-level ANC meetings.
Duarte, while also taking into consideration the independence of judges, can be heard in the audio clip claiming that a "solution" should be found for former president Jacob Zuma as he did not want to appear before the State Capture Inquiry.
"As officials of the ANC, we have an absolute right to voice my opinion [sic]. They chose selectively a few words. To me, snooping is a very disgusting science, but it's used by people and it's used for a particular emphasis," claimed Duarte in an interview.
In a separate interview with EWN, Duarte shed light on her suspension that the audio leak aimed to create an impression that she was of low moral integrity. Duarte has pleaded with Magashule to insist that his supporters refrain from putting the party into disrepute while acting in his name.
News24 addressed the notion that Duarte will be the official assigned to act in place of Magashule should he step aside or face suspension.
Previously, Briefly News reported that the leaked recording of Duarte speaking about Zuma and Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo solidified her position on the matter.
Reports made by SowentanLIVE indicate that Duarte expressed herself in defence of former president Jacob Zuma, stating that he had sufficiently explained his issues with the state capture inquiry and the judiciary as a whole.
A report by News24 said that Duarte displayed her displeasure towards the ANC for ordering party members to refrain from showing support for Zuma when he appeared in court. Duarte's anger was based on the fact that it was now difficult for those who wanted to assist Zuma to do so.
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