Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The ANC says it is in control of the current situation in which it faces the possibility of fighting an election against a breakaway party being mooted by its former national chairman Mosiuoa Lekota.
The ANC dismissed concerns raised by some members of the public about its president, Jacob Zuma, being out of the country "at a time when it is business unusual".
ANC spokesman Brian Sokutu yesterday said Zuma had confidence in the collective leadership of the party and was kept abreast of developments in his absence.
"Comrade Zuma was part of the collective decision to suspend Comrade Lekota and Comrade George. How the ANC handles the current situation is therefore part of that collective decision," Sokutu said.
The ANC is at present facing a situation in which some of its members are leaving after Mosiuoa Lekota's announcement that he is "serving divorce papers" on the party.
Lekota, Mluleki George and former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa accuse the ANC leadership of veering from the Freedom Charter.
Theologian Tinyiko Maluleke believes Zuma should be in the country to deal with the situation.
"Lekota and Shilowa are getting the kind of media attention that not even President Kgalema Motlanthe is receiving," he said.