JOHANNESBURG: Speaking in Parys, Free State, he stated that, against popular belief, former president Jacob Zuma represented everything the ANC stood for.
The ANC’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule was speaking at the handover of Stompie Seipei’s mother’s home. Stompie was a UDM child activist whose untimely death cast a lifelong shadow on the light of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Speaking in Parys, Free State, he stated that, against popular belief, former president Jacob Zuma represented everything the ANC stood for. His comments made it clear that in the Mangaung constituency, he was the spearhead of the pro-Zuma campaign that has divided the party.
“I will continue to meet many leaders of the ANC and President Zuma is a part of the ANC. He is one of the best leaders ever produced by the ANC”, he stated.
Many would believe that he was addressing to the rumours of the plot meeting that recently took place between him, Zuma and Supra Mahumapelo when he said: “I am Ace Magashule because of the ANC. I will meet many leaders of the ANC.”
He also spoke about the close relationship he had with the former president, indicating that they were together since the apartheid era when they were forced to go underground, gathering intelligence for the party in their fight against oppression.
Scores of Tumahole residents were gathered to witness the unveiling of the revamped Seipei house. Someone in the crowd was heard screaming, “phambili nge plot! [forward with the plot!].”
Magashule was quick to address that, stating that it was impossible to enact a plot to overthrow President Cyril Ramaphosa because, in his own words, the ANC is intact.
“There will never be a plot. There is no way we can plot against the leader of the ANC”, he added.
Speaking to the Sowetan, Ralph Mathekga weighed in on Magashule’s comments.
“Ace has been very clear. He has been on the offensive when it comes to Zuma; his survival is still linked to Zuma because he may be implicated with him.
“By saying this publicly, he is telling the people to be on the offensive when it comes to protecting Zuma”.