ANC denies NEC brawl

Claims that Blade Nzimande and Tony Yengeni swore at each other during the ANC’s NEC meeting are being denied.

ANC National Executive Committee member Tony Yengeni. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC on Monday said have denied claims that Blade Nzimande and Tony Yengeni swore at each other during the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last week.

The party said the allegations form part of a malicious campaign aimed at damaging the organisation.

The party met to discuss expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's plea to have his expulsion from the party reviewed.

The ANC's National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) expelled him in April, after he told a gathering at the Wits University in March that Zuma had turned the ANC into an unbearable dictatorship.

Malema then approached the party's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals to overturn the decision, but the NDCA upheld the NDC's decision.

Several reports emerged last week that Yengeni hurled the f-word at South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Nzimande.

Reports said Yengeni asked Nzimande "Who the f*ck do you think you are?" during a heated debate at the meeting.

Last week's meeting pitted supporters of President Jacob Zuma against Malema backers.

The party's NEC on Monday had to discuss whether or not to review Malema's expulsion.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said all reports about the clash emanated from one SMS "to cause confusion".

He said the claims were not a true reflection of the meeting.

Zuma supporters emerged triumphant when NEC members decided to close Malema's political chapter within the ANC.