ANC members to approach press ombudsman over 'false' Zuma reports

Zizi Kodwa says senior members of the party have been advised to lay complaints with the press ombudsman.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says several members whose names have been falsely linked to media reports over President Jacob Zuma's future will take up the matter with the press ombudsman.

The party has denied reports that Zuma told delegates at the recent National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that he was poisoned three times by those who want to get rid of him.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has dismissed media reports claiming to disclose details of what happened at the NEC meeting as 'pure lies', saying members whose names have been mentioned were not present at the gathering.

“Some reports claimed certain people were at the meeting and they spoke at the meeting, yet they were not even at the meeting. Some said they supported a certain view during the meeting and some didn’t even speak in the meeting.”

Kodwa says senior members of the party, including the said ministers, have been advised to lay complaints with the press ombudsman.

“So individuals who were reported on, who feel aggrieved by the false and mischievous reports are taking those issues to the press ombudsman.”

On Tuesday, the party confirmed that it’s decided to keep Zuma as its leader, adding it would start working on unifying the party.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)