The ANC has slammed Gupta-owned media ANN7 for publishing a report that accused ANC top brass of ‘compelling’ president Jacob Zuma to attend this year’s May Day Rally on Monday.

ANC said that President Zuma was not forced to the event by ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, secretary general Gwede Mantashe and treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, as purported by the media.

ANC national Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa maintained that the decision to have Zuma attend Cosatu’s May Day rally was a decision taken by the national officials, who were fully aware of the potential for heckling and other disruptions.

 

Zizi Kodwa condemned the report, saying such reportage is habitual and typical of ANN7 and described it as having no element of truth, divisive and designed to create an illusion of ANC insider status for the channel.

“Members of the media have a responsibility to report the news accurately, factually and objectively. ANN7, however, seems determined to manufacture false consensus, sharpening contradictions and deepening fissures in the ANC. The station effectively acts as a mouthpiece of the factional divisions that plague the ANC, consistently showing itself as being intent on driving wedges within the organisation and pitting comrade against comrade.”