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Mbeki: Zuma's supporters lied about him being forced out of ANC

Thabo Mbeki says a delegate called for Zuma's reinstatement and the situation played out like a show.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki testifying in arms deal inquiry on 17 July 2014. Picture: screen grab.
Jacob Zuma,Thabo Mbeki,Jacob Zuma supporters,former President Thabo Mbeki
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG – Former president Thabo Mbeki says President Jacob Zuma's supporters used blatant untruths to make the claim that he was being forced out of African National Congress (ANC) leadership positions at the party's 2005 National General Council.

At that conference, delegates refused to accept Zuma's resignation as deputy ANC leader and forced him to withdraw it, in a move seen as critical to his eventual victory over Mbeki in Polokwane.

Mbeki is currently publishing a series of articles on Facebook in what he says is a bid to prove that he was not paranoid while in office.

Under the heading - Yet Another Myth - Mbeki And The Monopolisation Of Power – the former president explains that it's wrong to claim he centralised power in the ANC after becoming president.

He says that Cabinet appointments and big party decisions all occurred after consulting ANC officials and structures.

Mbeki then quotes at length from the book Eight Days In September - in which his former director general reverend Frank Chikane claims people were prepared to lie and distort facts about the 2005 National General Council.

Mbeki says Chikane is reflecting accurately on what happened when he reports a delegate stood up and called for Zuma's reinstatement and the situation played out like a choreographed show.

Thus he says - was born the fabrication that ANC members had defeated a political conspiracy against Zuma.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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