ANC man made to say sorry for ‘rats’ jibe

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MAY­I­BONGWE MAQHINA

ANC eThek­wini re­gional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Stan­ley Moon­samy has been forced to apol­o­gise for al­leg­ing that “R2 bil­lion (was) paid to ANC rats MPs who voted with the op­po­si­tion”.

Moon­samy said this af­ter Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma nar­rowly sur­vived the vote on the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against him on Tues­day.

Out of 384 MPs, 177 voted in favour of Zuma’s re­moval while 198 wanted him to keep his job. There were nine ab­sten­tions.

Among those who did not vote in sup­port of Zuma were about 30 ANC MPs.

Some ANC MPs had openly stated they would vote with their con­science.

Amid calls for those who voted with the op­po­si­tion to be iden­ti­fied and dis­ci­plined, Moon­samy, who is also a coun­cil­lor, took to so­cial me­dia to claim money had changed hands.

Moon­samy shared the list of 26 MPs sus­pected of vot­ing with the op­po­si­tion de­spite be­ing warned he was invit­ing trou­ble,

Moon­samy said some on the list had taught them when “rats” be­trayed the ANC “we must put a tyre around their necks and burn them which we called a neck­lace”.

The ANC did not take kindly to his state­ments and or­dered him on Thurs­day to with­draw them within 48 hours and apol­o­gise un­con­di­tion­ally.

Spokesman Mdu­miseni Ntuli said the post cast se­ri­ous as­per­sions on cer­tain ANC MPs with­out pro­vid­ing cred­i­ble ev­i­dence to sup­port a claim of an amount of R2 bil­lion used to in­flu­ence vot­ing in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

“It is our firm view that dur­ing this hour of chal­lenges and dif­fi­cul­ties our move­ment must close ranks while act­ing firm against those fur­ther­ing di­vi­sions,” Ntuli said.

On Thurs­day night, Moon­samy took to Face­book to con­firm ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Su­per Zuma had or­dered him to with­draw his state­ments un­con­di­tion­ally.

“I with­draw my state­ments un­con­di­tion­ally… as a re­spected and dis­ci­plined mem­ber of the ANC,” he wrote.

ANC mem­ber Ed­ward Zuma was also forced last week to apol­o­gise af­ter he made dis­parag­ing re­marks about for­mer min­is­ters Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gord­han.

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