May 6, 2011
ANC national executive committee member Billy Masetlha has become the first senior ruling party member to openly say the alleged plot to oust Jacob Zuma as ANC president next year is real.
"I know who they are talking to and how they want to do this. I am not going to keep quiet and watch people destroying the organisation," he told the Mail&Guardian reported on Friday.
Masetlha's comment came on Thursday, the same day that Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said he had instructed his lawyers to advise him on the need for any criminal or civil action to be taken, since his name appeared in reports of the alleged plot.
A reported covert intelligence document claims that a group of "anti-Zuma" members, called the "Mvela Group", met in Estcourt on January 23 to allegedly plot the removal of Zuma.
They allegedly include
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe,
KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize
ANC Youth League president Julius Malema
ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa
ANC NEC member and former ANCYL president Fikile Mbalula
Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale
ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile
ANC deputy secretary general Thandi Modise
and NEC members David Mabuza,
and Tony Yengeni.
Sexwale was once before implicated in a plot to remove former president Thabo Mbeki to make way for Zuma.
Sexwale said in a statement: "What is strikingly different this time round is that rumour has a return address. This is traceable to one of South Africa's courts in Boksburg where government declassified documents containing these allegations [were] presented by Lt. General [Richard] Mdluli, Head of Crime Intelligence Division within the South African Police Service."
General Richard Mdluli
Mdluli, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant-Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi, are currently facing a charge of allegedly murdering Oupa Abel Ramogibe in 1999. He was the husband of a former girlfriend of Mdluli.
Mdluli has claimed there is a conspiracy against him by top police officials and during his bail application submitted a letter he wrote to Zuma about this. He attached a claim that according to his information there was a conspiracy by Mbeki to take over intelligence ahead of the ANC's 2012 elective conference.
Various publications, including City Press and the Sunday Independent have run articles on an alleged plot against Zuma, based on a separate document Mdluli obtained on an investigation into National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele.