Gumede’s re­sponse to our story

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Mr Gumede, who is a long-stand­ing bene­fac­tor of the ANC, has al­ways demon­strated his com­mit­ment to the growth and de­vel­op­ment of Mpumalanga. Mr Gumede, in ad­di­tion to his do­na­tion of R7.5 mil­lion and 12 ve­hi­cles to his political party, has pub­licly un­der­taken to spend R40 mil­lion to im­prove/tar over 10km of dirt/gravel road for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple in the town­ships of Kanya­mazane and Kabok­weni, where he grew up. Mr Gumede has over the years al­ways in­vested in the de­vel­op­ment of the prov­ince and con­tin­ues to do so by open­ing doors for the Govern­ment of Mpumalanga to in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment. Nei­ther Mr Gumede nor any of his cor­po­rate en­ti­ties has re­ceived any ben­e­fit in re­turn, but he has sac­ri­ficed his own time and money. Mr Gumede is pas­sion­ate about his prov­ince of birth and will con­tinue to as­sist the govern­ment and the peo­ple of Mpumalanga to seek in­vest­ments to cre­ate the much-needed sus­tain­able jobs and ed­u­ca­tion in or­der to ad­dress the chal­lenges faced by the com­mu­nity.

Your in­ten­tion is clearly to write a sen­sa­tion­al­is­tic and un­founded ar­ti­cle with­out any con­cern for the improvement of this coun­try and Mpumalanga. Mr Gumede should re­ceive ac­co­lades for his con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of South Africa and Mpumalanga. Mr Gumede will con­tinue to sup­port the Hon­ourable Premier who is do­ing his best for the peo­ple of Mpumalanga.

Mr Gumede will go out of his way to pro­tect his good name and rep­u­ta­tion. Should City Press pro­ceed to pub­lish the ar­ti­cle and make any defam­a­tory and un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tions/ in­sin­u­a­tions against Mr Gumede, we are in­structed to take im­me­di­ate le­gal ac­tion against you, the ed­i­tor, the City Press and its pub­lisher.

– Nic­qui Galak­tiou

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