An audio recording of former president Thabo Mbeki expressing concern over the status of the ANC at the national executive committee (NEC) meeting has been leaked online.
In the audio recording, Mbeki can be heard summarising concerns by another NEC member, who called for a two-or three-day retreat to discuss the question: “Do we still have an organisation called the ANC?”
Listen to the audio below
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A News24 report quoted an insider at the NEC as saying that Mbeki believed the party was about to explode.
This came a day after the suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule was removed from a virtual NEC meeting on Saturday.
This was despite Magashule having vowed on Friday that he was going to attend the meeting that was aimed at discussing his fate as secretary-general of the party.
The ANC last week, suspended the membership of Magashule until the finalisation of his court case.
Magashule was currently out on R200 000 bail and charged with corruption, fraud, and money laundering related to a Free State asbestos tender, dating back to his tenure as premier of the province.
In a letter dated May 3, ANC deputy secretary-general Jesse Duarte informed Magashule that he was temporarily suspended.
Reports indicated that Magashule met with Mbeki last week, after the NEC asked him at its last meeting, to consult former leaders of the party before stepping down.
Magashule, however, refused to step down, resulting in the party suspending him.