South Africa’s ruling party – The African National Congress (ANC) has dismissed as fake reports which suggest that its Secretary-General, Ace Magashule had distanced the party from a letter by President Cyril Ramaphosa which criticised corrupt tendencies by some party members.
In a statement issued on Monday, the party’s national spokesperson, Pule Mabe said the false reports were being peddled by individuals who intended to sow enmity and divisions in the ruling party.
Below is the statement in full.
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ANC STATEMENT DISMISSING AS FAKE NEWS CLAIMS ON SECRETARY-GENERAL ACE MAGASHULE
The African National Congress (ANC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the work of fake-news peddlers who are hellbent on sowing divisions within the ranks of the ANC.
The latest installment comes from those who claim that ANC Secretary-General. Comrade Ace Magashule has distanced the ANC from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s letter addressed to ANC members
We are aware that detractors thrive on divisions and despise harmony.
It is clear that wedge-drivers who hate to see a united ANC are now on overdrive trying everything possible to undermine the collective resolve and unity of our leadership to fight corruption wherever it raises its ugly head.
We wish to state unequivocally that the entire leadership of the ANC including the Secretary-General, is in full support of the contents of the letter from President Ramaphosa as it reflects and represent the views of the collective.
The letter from President Ramaphosa, in fact, echoes the resolutions and sentiments expressed by our 54th National Conference.
We urge our structures and members to remain vigilant and defend the unity of their organisation against those who seek to weaken the ANC. The unity of our movement remains sacrosanct.