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You could have been forgiven for mistaking the gathering last Thursday night for an opposition rally.

Speaker after speaker lashed Ramaphosa, accusing him of being behind renewed efforts by the NPA to call Zuma to account for alleged corruption.

Leaked voice recordings of the event have exposed a serious campaign to undermine Ramaphosa in the name of supporting Zuma.

"Phansi ngoCyril Ramaphosa phansi! [Down with Cyril Ramaphosa, down!]" shouted a speaker during the vigil.

"That NEC of the ANC is rotten. Those are not ANC leaders. They are agents of [Johann Rupert] and Oppenheimer ... Thuma mina Cyril Ramaphosa."

The speaker - who has not been identified - then called for a national general council where Ramaphosa would be removed as ANC president.

To read the full story, subscribe to BusinessLIVE for just R120 a month The crowd had to shout his name repeatedly before Sihle Zikalala took to the podium to greet former president Jacob Zuma's supporters outside the High Court in Durban last week. In his short speech, Zikalala called on Zuma's backers not to insult ANC leaders while showing their support for the embattled former president. Zikalala, the ANC provincial task team co-ordinator, must have been aware of the developments the previous night, when ANC leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa and Police Minister Bheki Cele, were insulted by angry Zuma supporters who had held a night vigil at Durban's Albert Park. He must also have heard, coming from some in the crowd, songs calling for war should Zuma be sentenced to prison. You could have been forgiven for mistaking the gathering last Thursday night for an opposition rally. Speaker after speaker lashed Ramaphosa, accusing him of being behind renewed efforts by the NPA...

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