After former wellness pastor Zweli Mkhize, supported by ANC veteran Tony Yengeni, grilled President Cyril Ramaphosa about the Phala incident, ANC director Gwede Mantashe allegedly intervened to save him.
This occurred during an ANC NEC meeting originally called to discuss the quarantine votes cast at a recent local assembly in Ekurhuleni.
The issue of isolation votes in Ekurhuleni, according to Tony Yengeni and Zweli Mkhize, should be left to be dealt with by ANC Gauteng region because the party has major problems to talk about regarding Ramaphosa's contribution in illegal tax avoidance and furthermore the state catch commission report.
It is believed that ANC public director Gwede Mantashe hurried to halt efforts to shepherd the crowd towards the Phala outrage, despite the fact that other ANC leaders likewise supported the call by Zweli Mkhize and Tony Yengeni.
There are rumors that Gwede Mantashe and Paul Mashatile, the chief financial officer, took turns guarding Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to Mantashe, he informed the group that the big six were drafting a report that would be referred to the NEC. However, Ramaphosa's partners believe that Mkhize and Yengeni's actions were an attempt to shame the president over his Phala indignation.
Many commentators believe that Gwede Mantashe is only protecting Cyril Ramaphosa because he is one of the ANC heavyweights Raymond Zondo has recommended for further investigation into his own possible criminal behavior.
Again eyeing the vice presidency, Paul Mashatile is rumored to be protecting Cyril Ramaphosa from the wrong crowd inside the ANC.
The ANC NEC conference showed, at the very least, that the center isn't holding, and that Cyril Ramaphosa, even if he wins a second term, will still have to deal with a lot of problems.
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