ANCYL in KZN says sorry to Pravin

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BON­GANI HANS

THE ANC Youth League have been left with their tails be­tween their legs after their mother body reined them in for pub­licly call­ing for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to fire Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han.

The ANCYL in eThek­wini had been call­ing for the re­moval of Gord­han, ac­cus­ing him of fail­ing to trans­form SAA. The league had al­leged that the min­is­ter had al­lowed a few white com­pa­nies to ben­e­fit from the air­line, at the ex­clu­sion of the ma­jor­ity of black peo­ple.

“We be­lieve Gord­han must go, and he must go im­me­di­ately, be­cause SAA is a typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of why he should go,” ANCYL eThek­wini re­gional sec­re­tary Thinta Cibane told a me­dia brief­ing in Dur­ban last week.

But this week, Cibane back­tracked and is­sued a state­ment “un­con­di­tion­ally apol­o­gis­ing to com­rade Pravin Gord­han”.

The ANCYL eThek­wini did not send the state­ment to the me­dia, but The Star ob­tained it from Gord­han’s of­fice.

The apol­ogy came after the league in the ANC’s big­gest re­gion in the coun­try held a cor­rec­tive en­gage­ment with its mother body. It is not clear whether it was the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, the prov­ince or the na­tional lead­er­ship.

“After the en­gage­ments with the ANC, we have come to dif­fer­ently ap­pre­ci­ate the lead­er­ship of the ANC in de­ter­min­ing the fu­ture of the min­is­ters and all other de­ploy­ees.

“We ac­cord­ingly re­spect the op­por­tu­nity given to us to be en­gaged by the ANC on the mat­ter of com­rade Pravin Gord­han and, there­fore, re­gret com­ments made in this re­gard,” read the state­ment from Cibane.

The youth league’s at­tack on Gord­han came after the ANC Women’s League re­leased a state­ment na­tion­ally ac­cus­ing SAA of ben­e­fit­ing a few white com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing one from the US.

ANCYL eThek­wini re­gional spokesper­son Thulisa Ndlela yes­ter­day con­firmed that the league had with­drawn its pub­lic ut­ter­ance against Gord­han.

“We have en­gaged with the lead­er­ship of the ANC, and we have with­drawn the state­ment. This was a dif­fi­cult mat­ter of en­gage­ment with the ANC,” said Ndlela.

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