THE ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Sunday turned into a heated show of force.
The Daily News obtained further information last night from highly-placed sources in the party, who revealed that senior ANC NEC member and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma shook the NEC when she asked Ramaphosa why he had failed to implement the ANC’s RET policies that were officially adopted at the party’s previous elective conference.
According to the sources, Ramaphosa was taken to task by Dlamini-Zuma while she questioned him over his inaction in advancing and implementing RET policies.
Dlamini-Zuma is said to have also questioned Ramaphosa’s “nearness” to Rupert, who was reported by the Daily News to have instructed the ANC president and his trusted battalions to remove the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule.
At this point, the NEC meeting apparently degenerated into chaos when Dlamini-Zuma asked the president to explain himself.
“The meeting turned sour when Dlamini-Zuma asked the president to explain his close relationship with Rupert. Those loyal to Ramaphosa roared in protest, saying that Dlamini-Zuma was attacking the president”, said a source.
Rupert did not respond to questions from the Daily News.
Another source added that it was the first time Ramaphosa had been cornered and requested to explain himself, which brought to light the glaring degree of deep divisions within the ANC.
“This meeting was emotionally draining for some of us. It was the first time the president was openly told to explain himself, and it left us with a clear indication of just how deeply divided the ANC is,” said the source.
Dlamini-Zuma’s spokesperson, Lungi Mtshali, would not comment on the meeting, saying it was up to the ANC to issue a statement and respond to all outcomes of the meeting.
Different factions are said to have become involved in a tug of war as NEC members were polarised when the party’s integrity committee report was tabled.