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Zuma hits back at Ramaphosa, accuses him of selling out to white capital

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Former president pens his own open letter.

Former president Jacob Zuma. File picture

FORMER president Jacob Zuma has sent a scalding letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa in which he accuses his successor of selling out the ANC and decrying corruption in its ranks to cover up the allegations against himself.

“It is unforgivable to label our rank and file members as criminals for the crimes you and those with whom you serve in the structures of state are accused of,” Zuma charged in the extraordinary letter, directed at Ramaphosa but intended for circulation at the ruling party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, which starts on Friday.

Zuma took issue with a seven-page letter Ramaphosa penned to the party last weekend, in which Ramaphosa said the ANC was “accused number one” as the country grappled with mounting corruption.

Zuma went on to accuse Ramaphosa of not only breaching party tradition by receiving funding for his campaign in 2017 to claim the leadership of the ANC, but of taking money from “white monopoly capital”, and going to great lengths to keep the exact source secret.

“Mr President, you currently stand accused of receiving almost R1 billion in donations from white monopoly capital just to win an internal ANC contest,” he wrote.

Zuma added that this amounted to sacrificing “the historic mission of the ANC for 30 pieces of silver”.

“Your letter lends credence to the suspicion that you seek to assist those, in our own ranks, involved in the attempts to destroy the ANC in order to hand it over to be a tool of white monopoly capital interests,” he said.

– African News Agency (ANA)