Un­true that Zola ap­proached Tokyo

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT - Dr Zola Sk­weyiya, South African High Com­mis­sioner to the United King­dom

IN YOUR re­port “Po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions cut dead” (Week­end Ar­gus, July 13) you claim I was “re­ported to have ap­proached” Tokyo Sexwale in the run-up to the ANC’s Polok­wane con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber 2007 to put him­self for­ward for the ANC lead­er­ship as an al­ter­na­tive can­di­date to (then) ANC deputy pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and (then) pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki.

I want to place on record that I at no time ap­proached Tokyo Sexwale and urged him to stand for the pres­i­dency ei­ther be­fore or af­ter the con­fer­ence.

I was at no time ap­proached in con­nec­tion with the re­port in your news­pa­per and find it un­ac­cept­able that con­jec­ture is stated as fact.

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