The ANC says that it will encourage its members to approach the press ombudsman over the many media reports about the goings-on at the party’s NEC meeting, which it says are false.
The party has refused to divulge any details on what was or was not said at the NEC meeting, but now claims that reports citing insiders are incorrect – in some cases naming members who were not even present.
ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, told EWN that senior members have been advised to approach the press ombudsman to lay complaints against media houses they feel have aggrieved them.
It has been widely reported that the NEC meeting was highly divisive, with knives coming out for president Jacob Zuma, sparked by a motion from tourism minister Derek Hanekom for the president to be recalled.
However, at a press briefing held on Tuesday, the party put up a united front, with the official line from secretary general Gwede Mantashe that the party does not support any calls for the president to step down.
Eyes are now on the president to see what action, if any, will be taken against those who are said to be opposed to him – with many analysts expecting a Cabinet reshuffle.
At the press briefing, Mantashe made it clear that no minister or member of the party would suffer any consequences for voicing their views.