- ANC veteran Carl Niehaus says that an image purportedly showing him in a restaurant with Busisiwe Mkhwebane is "fake news"
- He says the woman in the image is not the Public Protector
- Niehaus added that he believed the picture was part of a "smear campaign" against Mkhwebane
Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) member Carl Niehaus has dismissed suggestions that he met with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
This comes after a photo surfaced on social media purportedly showing Niehaus in a restaurant with a woman who some assumed was Mkhwebane.
Niehaus took to social media where he insisted that the woman in the image was not the Public Protector.
Niehaus posted on Twitter, saying that the woman in the picture was Slauzy Mogam, chair of the Agribusiness Working Group of BRICS, according to Sowetan Live.
Additionally, the ANC veteran said that the image was not recent but dated back several years, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Niehaus added that he believed the image was spread on social media with the intention of undermining Mkhwebane. He called it a "misplaced attack" and a "smear campaign", and insisted that the sharing of the image was "intentional and malicious" rather than a misunderstanding.
He later issued a public statement to this effect, wherein he challenged the suggestion that he had met with Mkhwebane to allegedly influence her.
The Public Protector herself also weighed in on the picture on social media. In response to the image, Mkhwebane tweeted, "Have your facts straight before rushing to spread fake news."
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