Nkandla protests organised by ANC officials’ – Duarte drops a bombshell

ANC Acting Secretary-General Jessie Duarte has revealed that the NEC are now convinced that the mass gatherings at Nkandla were not organised by citizens supportive of Jacob Zuma – instead suspecting that the illegal protests were actually ‘engineered from within the ranks of the party’.

ANC NEC share weekend resolutions
After a tumultuous week for the ANC, the NEC had a lot to discuss. On the agenda was the troublesome behaviour of the MKMVA members of the party – Duarte, seemingly in the mood to drop a few bombshells today, announced that the wing has been ‘permanently disbanded’. And she wasn’t finished there.

Duarte also wants suspended Scretary-General Ace Magashule to ‘explain himself’ for telling disciplined members to ‘defy rulings made against them’. Several high-profile ANC members have been stung by the Integrity Commission, which requires representatives to ‘step aside from their positions’ if they are accused of unbecoming conduct.

Who organised the Nkandla protests?
However, it was the ASG’s Nkandla-related admission that raised eyebrows first. Duarte started the meeting by explaining that the thousands who arrived at the former president’s homestead to ‘protect him from arrest’ didn’t emerge at the venue spontaneously, but were instead instructed to occupy the venue by as-yet-unnamed political leaders.

“The NEC believes the situation in KwaZulu Natal does not represent a popular uprising, but has been engineered from within the ranks of the ANC. The police deployed in Nkandla managed the situation as best as they could, avoiding a situation in which deliberate acts of provocation may have resulted in bloodshed.”

“We have ratified the immediate disband the MKMVA and MK Veterans Council. The threat of undermining democracy and its core principles is counter-revolutionary… we have also noted the failed attempts at national mobilisation – organising shutdowns, lawlessness, and mass protests against the ConCourt ruling.”

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