ANC veterans rally behind Hanekom

By Doug Mattushek - 28 July 2019Views : 426

Several ANC veterans have written and open letter to ANC members in support of Derek Hanekom and other embattled members.

Hanekom was fingered by the EFF leader Julius Malema as being part of a plot to oust President Jacob Zuma in 2017. The ANC stalwart has since denied the claims.

The former minister is part of a quartet of ANC members currently under fire. Pravin Gordhan is locked in battle with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, while Siphiwe Nyanda and Ngoako Ratlhodi were accused of being apartheid spies by Zuma at the Zondo Commission earlier this month. The open letter included support for them as well.

"We are sure members of the Top Six and the NEC agree that there must be a stop to attacking members who have dedicated their lives to our movement," it read.

"Whilst we do not know if comrade Derek supported that vote of no confidence, which was indeed decided on by secret ballot, we wish to extend our unequivocal support to comrade Derek and all comrades who may have supported the vote of no confidence. They did nothing wrong.

"We strongly urge the NEC to call on all members, irrespective of their position in our movement not to make unsubstantiated accusations especially when we all are aware of the potential consequences of irresponsibly labelling comrades as enemy agents and spies."

TimesLIVE reported that the open letter was signed Cheryl Carolus, Sheila Sisulu, Ilse Fischer, Murphy Morobe, Fazel Randera, Mavuso Msimang, Pallo Jordan and Aslam Dasoo.