“The ANC places it on record that it is not involved in the purging of any of its members,” spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement responding to a Mail Guardian article published on Friday.
“In fact, it is the national executive committee (NEC) led by comrade … Zuma, before and after the Mangaung conference, that castigated any instances of factional pronouncements and statements that sought to sow division within the ANC.”
The MG reported that ANC members across the country who did not support Zuma’s re-election claimed they were being quietly purged from party structures.
This is despite Zuma’s assurances after his election that those who were defeated would not be marginalised for the sake of unity.
Those in the anti-Zuma camp who are lucky enough still to be in their positions said it was only a matter of time before they, too, were removed.
Others in the alliance cited the investigation into trade union federation Cosatu’s Zwelinzima Vavi as an example of how far Zuma supporters were prepared to go to deal with those who did not support his re-election.
Mthembu accused the newspaper of seeking to draw “non-existent linkages” between charges brought by courts of law against members and so-called battles within the ANC.
The party had consistently maintained that everyone was innocent until proven guilty by a competent process of the law, he said.
Mthembu said provinces such as Limpopo and the North West were identified as requiring attention and intervention from the NEC due to problems