The widely reported plot to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa by a faction within the ANC was also targeted at South Africans trying to rescue the state from capture by corrupt elements, SA Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday. He told delegates at Cosatu’s national congress on Tuesday his party was not shocked by reports of a political plot to oust Ramaphosa as it had already issued warnings about this. The Sunday Times recently reported on an alleged conspiracy to unseat Ramaphosa led by former president Jacob Zuma, who told students at Walter Sisulu University last week that state capture was a "politically decorated expression". Nzimande said the fight-back plotters were attempting to undermine the nation’s attempts to deal with the corruption that had edged the country towards a "mafia state".

"This fight-back campaign has been accompanied by some of the most regressive and reactionary tendencies that should not be allowed to find space in ...

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