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ANC dismisses rumours of 'internal rebellion'

The ANC's Jessie Duarte says the ANC leadership collective agrees with Jacob Zuma's decisions.

The ANC's headquarters, Luthuli House, in central Johannesburg. Picture: WikiCommons.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has rubbished rumours of an internal rebellion against its President Jacob Zuma, saying the party's top leadership continues to support him.

Zuma has been sharply criticised by party stalwarts, opposition parties and economists for his decision to fire his finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

The move led to chaos on the markets and the rand plummeting until Zuma back-tracked by deploying well-respected minister Pravin Gordhan to the crucial portfolio.

WATCH: Markets react to finance ministry's musical chairs.

The ANC's Jessie Duarte says the ANC leadership collective agrees with the president's decisions.

She also responded to criticism from veteran ANC leader Ben Turok saying the party should not hesitate to reach out to these former leaders.

"He has every right to do and say that."

Lindiwe Zulu says the president supports this view.

"Some of the members of the ANC who were on the outside expressing themselves… it was the president himself who said we must not isolate them."

LISTEN: Mmusi Maimane want motion to be tabled on #ZumaMustFall.

The party says it anticipated some reaction to Des van Rooyen's appointment but miscalculated the magnitude.

It also says it believes its brand remains intact following a partial rand and market collapse due to Zuma's decision on Nene.

Meanwhile, former Cabinet minister and current Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale says South Africa's image has taken a serious knock.

Speaking on BBC's Hard Talk today, Sexwale said he hoped the leadership has taken good lessons from the reshuffling of ministers.

"I hope and trust that this episode of the last four days becomes a lesson they should learn; you don't tinker with the markets that easily."

ANC DISMISSES CLAIMS THAT ZUMA DIDN'T CONSULT THE PARTY

The ANC has rubbished claims Zuma did not consult the party before taking the decision to remove Nene and replace him with van Rooyen, saying he took part in a robust debate with party leaders and answered difficult questions.

Yesterday, the national working committee met in Johannesburg and Zulu says Zuma faced a range of different questions.

"It was quite a robust engagement and hard questions were asked by some members of the national executive committee and those questions were answered by the president."

LISTEN: Minister Jeff Radebe confirms Cabinet knew nothing about reshuffle.

At the same time, a marketing consultant says the ANC-led government must communicate clearly and regularly with the public to repair the country's reputational damage, which took a knock during the recent reshuffle fiasco.

Marketing consultant, Jonathan Cherry says now is the time for clear communication and transparency.

"You want to be transparent with what you are saying and make sure people believe what you are saying. You can't just be putting out press releases."

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