South Africa: ANC's Ace Beats Unity Drum, Despite the Evidence

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ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has told journalists that unity in the ANC is 'sacrosanct', and that there were no plans to get rid of leaders such as President Cyril Ramaphosa and himself. Evidence, however, is contradicting this.

A statement read by ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule was a rather dull 20-minute account of what happened at the ANC's national executive committee meeting over the weekend. The party's press conference at its Luthuli House headquarters on Wednesday 11 December, where gender parity and the fight against gender-based violence did get a mention, was an all-male affair, presented by Magashule and party spokesmen Dakota Legoete and Pule Mabe.

Magashule, a man of few words in front of the media, volunteered some information at the end of the statement, off the cuff. It related to recent media reports of a plot to sideline President Cyril Ramaphosa, which followed a report in the Sunday Independent alleging that some in the party were accusing Ramaphosa of trying to destroy the ANC. By these accounts, Ramaphosa and ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe are now pitted against the other four ANC officials -- Deputy President David Mabuza, Magashule, his deputy Jessie Duarte and treasurer-general Paul Mashatile (who is said...

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