CAPE TOWN, November 13 – The African National Congress (ANC) on Monday rubbished media reports that its national executive committee (NEC) was discussing the removal of its secretary general Gwede Mantashe.
In a statement, the ANC described the media reports as false and malicious.
“Accordingly, and because of the serious nature of the rumours, the ANC has decided to depart from normal procedure and issue this statement which unequivocally dismisses claims made by nameless and faceless sources that there are discussions underway to remove from his position the Secretary General of the ANC, Comrade Gwede Mantashe,” the statement said.
“These rumours are peddled to sow confusion and division within the movement and are indicative of the media’s laziness and total disregard for proper journalistic ethics in favour of populism and sensationalism.”
The NEC meeting resumed on Monday to discuss the ANC Eastern Cape provincial conference which descended into violence when delegates started hurling chairs at each other.
“The NEC will today [Monday] discuss such report, as well as the draft Organizational Report to be tabled at the 54th National Conference from the 16th to the 20th December 2017.”
Reports of Mantashe’s removal first started surfacing after ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa named him as a possible candidate for the party’s national chairman ahead of the ruling party’s elective conference in December.