According to the Guptas TV channel ANN7, the African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize “pushed” President Jacob Zuma to attend Cosatu’s May Day Rally in Bloemfontein.
The reports emerged after President Zuma was booed and heckeled by the workers during Workers day event organized by Cosatu in Freestate.
ANC rejected the report by the ANN7 that alleges that Zuma was forced by the party’s left-wing members of the Top-six accused the reportage by the ANN7 of devoid of truth, divisive and designed to create an illusion of some “ANC insider” status for the channel.
The party said the deployment of their leaders to the various May Day rallies held on Monday was a collective decision of the National Officials not some fictitious structure called the Top 3.
“It was a decision taken by the National Officials fully aware of the potential for heckling and other disruptions.” said the ANC in a statement.
“Regardless of the potential for discord, the leadership felt it necessary and correct that invitations as received from COSATU were honored and the ANC message calling for unity of the Alliance be delivered.
“Members of the media have a responsibility to report the news accurately, factually and objectively.
“ANN7 however seems determined to manufacture false consensus, sharpening contradictions and deepening fissures in the ANC.
“The station effectively acts as a mouthpiece of the factional divisions that plague the African National Congress, consistently showing itself as being intent on driving wedges within the organization and pitting comrade against comrade.
“This is behavior that the ANC has fought in the past and will continue to do so in the run up to the National Conference and beyond.
“The unity of the African National Congress remains paramount and our overriding ambition. said the party”
“We will not be distracted in this quest by narrow, self-serving interests whose motivations can only serve to further weaken the ANC.” said the party.