- The Economic Freedom Fighters have called on Gwede Mantashe to resign as a minister following allegations of bribing journalists
- This comes after the Mineral Resource Minister reportedly admitted to paying Sunday World reporters in the hopes of avoiding a scandal over an alleged affair
- Mantashe has since denied the allegations, but the Red Berets are nevertheless demanding accountability
The EFF has demanded that Gwede Mantashe resign in the wake of bribery allegations in his love-triangle scandal.
In a statement released by the political party, the Red Berets slammed the politician for allegedly paying R70 000 in exchange for secrecy:
"As the EFF we believe these allegations may be true and call on Mantashe to step down as minister and member of Parliament for engaging in unethical and corrupt relations with the media. He is not different to Apartheid StratCom that compromised the independence and impartiality of the media by buying, bribing and infiltrating newsrooms and journalists.
"What Mantashe has done is dangerous for our democracy since it compromises the standing of the media in society."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mantashe, in the wake of criticism following the allegations, had denied ever paying the journalists in question.
The EFF noted this, calling on Sunday World to release evidence of the ANC veteran's implication in the debacle.
"Yesterday, it was reported that Mantashe refuted claims that he confessed to bribing journalists. We call on Sunday World, for the sake of its own credibility, to release the evidence of Mantashe's confession on the bribery of journalists; whether it be an audio, video or written record."
Mantashe, who is a married man, was accused by the publication of being involved with a 'slay queen' and had published what they claimed was the minister's confession to bribing the journalists.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had also allegedly been involved with the same woman, who had spoken to the media house claiming that the only way to truly be free from the relationships would be to spill the beans.
The EFF's spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, had demanded at the time that Mantashe be brought to task over the allegations.
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