ANC’s top brass rally round Ramaphosa after ‘intense’ NEC meeting

Johannesburg – The top six African National Congress (ANC) leaders have rallied around President Cyril Ramaphosa following what has been described as an intense national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

The meeting follows clashes between different factions in the ANC with Ramaphosa saying there was even an orchestrated attack by those pushing back his drive to root out corruption in the state.

Although they contradicted each other during the unusual meeting on Monday, all top six members threw their weight behind the President.

In the weeks leading up to the ANC NEC meeting, Ramaphosa faced a barrage of public attacks through letters and social media posts from some party leaders calling into question his legitimacy in the face of the ongoing legal case about his CR7 fundraising activities.

Yesterday, even secretary-general Ace Magashuke spoke well about the president despite having been critical of him in the past and not supporting his rise to the presidency.

“As the president and the statement says, we have discussed the letter to the president. By the way, before the letter by the president was penned, we communicated between myself and the president because we keep that interaction, we keep in touch.”

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe also criticised former President Jacob Zuma for being among those who wrote scathing letter to the president following his utterances that the party needed to deal with the rot in its ranks.

President Ramaphosa has promised to use his office as president of South Africa to ensure that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is equipped to deal with corrupt and criminal individuals, even hinting at special Covid-19 prosecutions to fast-track the process.

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