ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says a Sunday Times report that former president Jacob Zuma secretly met top ANC figures to discuss a strategy to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa deserves “urgent attention” and he will raise the matter at the party’s next national executive committee meeting, slated for the end of September. The Sunday Times reported that Zuma secretly met ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, ANC Women’s League secretary-general Meokgo Matuba, ANC Youth League KwaZulu-Natal secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo and former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo at the Maharani hotel in Durban last Thursday to discuss plans to unseat Ramaphosa. The newspaper published photographs of them at the hotel. Mthembu is a close ally of Ramaphosa and backed his bid to win control of the ANC in December. Magashule lent his support to Zuma’s favoured candidate, his former wife Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma.

Mthembu said in a tweet on Sunday, which he later confirmed to Business Day, that “the al...

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