Zuma allegedly held a meeting with ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, ANC Women’s League secretary-general Meokgo Matuba, and ANC Youth League KwaZulu-Natal secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo at the Maharani hotel in Durban on Thursday.

The meeting was said to be about a strategy to “challenge the outcome of last year’s ANC national conference”.

This conference is where Ramaphosa was elected ANC leader.

The move comes at a time when Ramaphosa is attempting to crack down on corruption and state capture – and the officials involved – in South Africa.

According to the the report, what particularly worries senior officials at Luthuli House is Magashule’s presence.

As secretary-general, he is in charge of the ANC’s daily operations – while apparently also being at the centre of plans to undermine the party’s president.

Other senior ANC leaders, who asked not to be named, said party officials have long suspected Magashule’s involvement in plans to dislodge Ramaphosa, but never had proof to confront him with.

When asked for comment, ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala said that there was no formal meeting scheduled with Magashule or Zuma.

Edited by Stella Marope

Culled from SA Sunday Times