- The African National Congress has issued an apology to Pravin Gordhan and Senzo Mchunu
-This is after the ruling party lambasted them for comments made about black engineers at Eskom
- The party had previously issued a statement claiming the alleged comments 'were neither warranted nor acceptable
The ruling party has backtracked with an apology to Pravin Gordhan and Senzo Mchunu after condemning them over comments made about black engineers at Eskom.
The ANC had attacked the Public Enterprises Minister and the head of organising for alleged comments on black professionals which 'were neither warranted nor acceptable'.
Gordhan had almost immediately demanded an apology from the party and it appears as if they have submitted and said they were sorry:
“The African National Congress, following a thorough investigation on statements attributed to both minister of public enterprises, Cde Pravin Gordhan and the ANC head of organising, Cde Senzo Mchunu, has established that their remarks were taken out of context.
Acting spokesman for the ANC, Zizi Kodwa, issued a statement on the matter Thursday evening, explaining:
“The ANC extends an unreserved apology to both Cde Mchunu and Gordhan for its statement issued following these media reports. The ANC acknowledges the importance of constructive engagement with all professionals including black engineers and the Black Management Forum,”
The statement said the party would meet with black professionals in the coming week and “engage on issues of mutual interest”, as well as “unpack how the ANC’s manifesto responds to the pressing issues affecting them that arose from earlier engagements”.
Briefly.co.za gathers that this had come in response to scathing letters sent to both Luthuli House and President Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to TimesLive, who had seen the letters, the minister had demanded the statement be retracted and an apology issued, maintaining:
“I … reject and find extremely offensive the contents of the statement. I want to state emphatically that I have not made any public statements diminishing the status of black engineers.”
The minister had deemed the ANC's statement reckless, saying it raised doubt over the party's commitment to build and effective ANC:
“It would appear that some individuals at Luthuli House give more credence to the orchestrated utterances of individuals like Matshela Koko, who has done so much of damage at Eskom,”
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