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The ANC national working committee has defended SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande, who was alleged to be positioning himself to be the country's next deputy president.
Nzimande, pictured, was alleged to be behind a plot to discredit President Kgalema Motlanthe with the aim of blocking his possible appointment as deputy president after the elections.
ANC leader Jacob Zuma is the party's presidential candidate, and in line with the party's succession plan, Motlanthe as the ANC deputy president, will be his deputy.
In a statement yesterday, the NWC rejected suggestions that Nzimande was involved in any campaign to undermine any individuals within the organisation or government.
"The NWC warned against those propagating falsehoods, and those giving credence to such rumours," it said.
It also downplayed reports that Motlanthe was criticised for his lack of consultation. "The NWC reaffirms its confidence in the president and pledges its support in the execution of his duties.
"The ANC will continue, as it has done for 15 years, to discuss any relevant matters within its structures, and to provide strategic direction to those deployed in government without interference with government processes."
The party also supported Motlanthe's decision to fire the national director of public prosecutions Vusi Pikoli.