- The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has responded to Ace Magashule's criticism of Derek Hanekom
- The Foundation has come out in support of Hanekom
- The Foundation's director also pointed out that the late Ahmed Kathrada had also wanted Jacob Zuma to step down
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has weighed in on Ace Magashule's criticism of former minister, Derek Hanekom.
Magashule had accused Hanekom of using his position as the alleged "owner" of the foundation to divide the ANC.
The foundation responded by saying that Hanekom was on the board but was not the sole owner.
This comes after Hanekom admitted to meeting with the EFF in 2017 to discuss a vote of no confidence in then-president Jacob Zuma, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Magashule slammed Hanekom for this, accusing him of being a "wedge-driver". However, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has since come to Hanekom's defence.
"As for ownership, there is a board of 19 members there with include Max Sisulu, Kgalema Motlanthe and all the others. I am happy that all of them have ownership of the foundation," said Neeshan Balton, executive director of the foundation.
Additionally, Balton says that Ahmed Kathrada personally selected Hanekom to play a leading role in the foundation, according to Radio 702.
Balton also hit back at Magashule, saying that if the ANC secretary-general wished to take on Hanekom then the foundation would provide Hanekom with "back-up".
With regards to the no confidence vote against Zuma, the foundation added that the late Kathrada's views on the former president were no secret.
"Uncle Kathy himself had called for him [Zuma] to step down," Balton said.
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