Zuma’s son de­fies ANC over com­ments

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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.

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