Letter exposes plan to expel Zuma from ANC
A LETTER, purportedly written by 10 ANC members from Mandeni in KwaZulu-Natal, claims that there are plans to get former president Jacob Zuma expelled from the ruling party.
The letter surfaced yesterday and it has already reached its intended recipient, the ANC in KZN. Its authors are demanding that the ruling party holds a national general council (only the national office can convene the council — not provinces) so that they can use the opportunity to speak out as members.
However, the letter failed the basic tests of verification as it was only sent to the ruling party via email, yet the same email bounced when Independent Media tried to reach the author for further clarity.
The email address was the only contact information on the letter that made several serious allegations, with some of them outright outlandish and untrue. Talking about the plan to expel Zuma, the letter claims that the ongoing criminal charges emanating from the arms deal would be the weapon for his opponents.
“We have concrete evidence of the existence of a grouping of leaders that has been secretly approaching activists in the province to profile and promote Cyril Ramaphosa in KwaZulu Natal while discrediting all those perceived to be supporters of … Zuma. What is most disturbing and outrageous in all of this, is their plan to have … Zuma expelled
from the ANC,” the letter claims.
They further named the five senior ANC members who hail from KZN who are known supporters of Ramaphosa and who they claim want Zuma out using the “step aside” resolution of the ruling party.
According to them, the leaders recently met in Mpangeni and Pietermaritzburg where the clandestine plot to get rid of Zuma was hatched and further polished. But their claims were roundly rebutted by the ANC in the province.
Provincial spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela said the leaders named in the letter have told the party that they have never engaged in the plot they are accused of hatching. — IOL