Initially he was adamant that there was no one else at the meeting, which discussed routine party business.
The secretary-general admits he met Jacob Zuma, but the presence of other ANC players was ‘coincidental’
If the secretary-general of the ANC, the governing party’s de facto CEO, is to be believed, his get-together with Jacob Zuma was just one big coincidence.
With pressure mounting on him to explain a meeting with the former president in Durban, Ace Magashule finally broke his silence on Tuesday.
That was a full two days after the Sunday Times published a photograph of the clandestine gathering and reported that it was part of a plot to remove President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made reversing governance failings of the Zuma years a centrepiece of his leadership.
Following the sudden allegations of the plot to oust president Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC secretary general Ace Magashule on Tuesday admitted to meeting former president Jacob Zuma at a Durban hotel last week but denied the meeting was to discuss how to remove President Cyril Ramaphosa.
In an interview with journalist ‚ Magashule also admitted to meeting former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo and former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni at the Beverly Hills hotel in Umhlanga Rocks a day before the meeting with Zuma.he intended to meet the former president at the outset.
It was earlier revealed that Magashule and other top leaders – including ANCWL secretary-general Meokgo Matuba and ANCYL KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo – met at the Maharani hotel on Thursday last week.
The meeting is believed to have discussed a fightback strategy that involves court action to challenge the outcome of last year’s ANC national conference‚ which elected Ramaphosa as party president.