Sisulu de­nies op­er­a­tion

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Mayibongwe Maqhina

ANC AC­TIVIST Shaka Sisulu has hit back at re­ports link­ing him to the covert op­er­a­tion al­legedly com­mis­sioned by the ANC to dis­credit op­po­si­tion par­ties in the 2016 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

In a state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day, Sisulu said he was “deeply trou­bled” by the re­ports.

“These re­ports are in­her­ently false, ex­ag­ger­ated and no doubt in­tended to dis­credit, in part, my rep­u­ta­tion and most sig­nif­i­cantly the ANC,” he said.

It has been re­ported that pub­lic re­la­tions ex­pert Sihle Bolani is su­ing the ANC for R2.2 mil­lion for work she did on the R5m pro­ject.

In her court pa­pers, she named Sisulu and busi­ness­man Joseph Nkadi­meng as the peo­ple be­hind the cam­paign to dis­credit the DA and EFF dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

Sisulu main­tained he had vol­un­teered for the ANC elec­tion for the past 18 years.

“I am not and shall never be apolo­getic for any con­tri­bu­tion I make to the ANC,” he said.

He added that as vol­un­teers they were not paid but did so for the love of the rul­ing party. “This is some­thing we’re made aware of in the pro­vi­sions of the Elec­toral Code and we’re care­ful not to break the law in our elec­tion­eer­ing work.”

While he con­firmed work­ing “briefly” with Bolani, he in­sisted it was not for a covert op­er­a­tion. –

MA­NIP­U­LATED: These images show that fake news, which his­tor­i­cally tar­geted celebri­ties, has now shifted to pol­i­tics.

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