The Citizen (Gauteng)

Jessie: Leave me alone

ANC acting secretary-general Jessie Duarte wants to be free to do the work she is mandated to do without misogynist and racist taunts such as those that followed her letter to Ace Magashule confirming his suspension.

- Eric Naki

The deputy secretary-general confirms ANC experienci­ng cash-flow problems.

ANC acting secretary-general Jessie Duarte wants to be left alone to do her work and not subjected to vile, misogynist and racists taunts and threats, such as those which followed her letter to Ace Magashule confirming his suspension as party secretaryg­eneral.

At a briefing yesterday, Duarte said she did not want to talk about what she was subjected to, although she said it disturbed her and she had taken her concerns to the ANC national excutive committee (NEC), which had supported her.

She said she would do her work and carry out the mandate she was given. “The kind of threats were very misogynist­ic, very racist, which is unfortunat­e. The kind of things people say on Twitter is disgusting. There is no other way to describe what people say on Facebook and Twitter,” Duarte said.

It was unfortunat­e that there was no recourse for her except to report to Twitter or Facebook, which is was what she did.

She said there had been several phone calls from a particular number which, when she checked it out, was found to not have been registered in terms of the government’s Rica [Regulation of Intercepti­on of Communicat­ions and Provision of Communicat­ion-Related Informatio­n Act].

“I am very worried about that because we are supposed to Rica every number. This particular number is not Rica’ed and that was the most unacceptab­le thing.

“But I don’t want to make this about myself, I have been tasked with a job; I work with a collective. I have never worked as an individual. I will never work without consultati­on and I will never act on my own.

“We will defend the constituti­on and the resolution­s of the ANC and implement those that need to be implemente­d and the decisions of the NEC without fear or favour and I hope that will be understood by everyone,” Duarte said. She also revealed to journalist­s that the ANC was experienci­ng cash-flow problems.

For the first time, the governing party conceded publicly that it had no money and that funding from donors had dried up.

Duarte said ANC funders had pulled out and that is the reason the governing party was struggling to make ends meet.

“We are struggling. When we say we are broke, I mean we have nothing. We have a cash-flow problem because the funders that we traditiona­lly relied on have stepped back,” Duarte said.

She said since the April deadline for funders to make themselves known about who they financed, funders retreated and withdrew their support of the ruling party.

“They don’t want it to be known that they fund the ANC because they believe that might be bad for business. Let’s put it bluntly – it was good for business at the time but no longer.”

Duarte stressed that it was the ANC that asked for the political party funding legislatio­n.

“There is talk that we are against it, but we asked for it. We knew that there would be consequenc­es,” she said.

“I don’t think the ANC is going to cave in because of that. We will find ways to survive legally, above board.”

She said the planned retrenchme­nt of 50% of ANC staff was “sensationa­lised” by the media.

The retrenchme­nts wouldn’t be done “willy-nilly” but processes would be followed and it would be done legally and in a fair and just manner.

When we say we are broke, I mean we have nothing

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Picture: Gallo Images

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