Zuma’s son defies ANC over comments
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s son Edward has defied the ANC and refused to retract comments he made against senior party leaders, who he accused of being “sell-outs”, and “defenders of white monopoly capital”.
“My entire statement stands. I respect the ANC, but in this case I will not be retracting anything. I stand by what I said, I believe in what I said and I will never change anything,” he said.
In an open letter addressed to former ministers Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan, Edward berated the pair for “brazenly and unabashedly speaking out against President Zuma”. He also called Hanekom a white Afrikaner askari.
“I feel justified in addressing Derek Hanekom in the language I used. He is an askari and I am not going to apologise,” he said.
He also called Gordhan one of the most corrupt cadres of the ANC. Edward dared both former ministers to meet him in court if they wanted to sue.
He said the open letter was not in retaliation to President Zuma’s critics. “Zuma doesn’t need me to defend him. I am speaking on issues of leadership of the ANC, as a member of the ANC.”
In another scathing open letter, Edward Zuma launched an attack on the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which has promised to take action against him regarding the comments directed at Hanekom and Gordhan.
Mdumiseni Ntuli, ANC provincial spokesperson, said Edward had until Wednesday to retract some of the comments in his open letter.
“Whatever discomfort he has against them, deal with Gordhan and Hanekom as you would any other member of the ANC; don’t include the colour of their skin. The comments are divisive to the ANC, calling some of the comrades racists and then ending up becoming racist in the process,” Ntuli said. “We will act when the five days we have given him lapse,” he added.