- The ANC has responded to Gwede Mantashe's implication in allegations of bribing journalists
- In a statement on the situation, with calls mounting for the minister to be held accountable, the ruling party stated they are heartened by his denial of wrongdoing
- Meanwhile, the publication behind the controversy has challenged the minister to test the story in court
The ANC has responded to Minister Gwede Mantashe's sticky situation by welcoming his denial of any wrongdoing.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Mineral Resources Minister had been called upon to resign by the EFF in response to allegations that he had bribed journalists not to publish a story on his infidelity.
Responding to the situation, the ruling party went as far as applauding Mantashe for denying the claims:
"In keeping with its commitment to safeguard the integrity of the media and to defend media freedom, the ANC is heartened by the fact that Comrade Mantashe has assured the nation that he was never involved in such an unethical and criminal conduct with journalists."
In response to the EFF's call, Sunday World has challenged Mantashe to sue them over the claims detailed in its exposé.
The publication had broken the news of the alleged love triangle between Mantashe, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and a woman they had both supposedly been seeing.
The media house had included a claim from Mantashe, where he alleged he had paid journalists R70 000 not to publish the story:
"Two journalists from your publication called me for the same story. So, you are the third person to call me for the same story, do you also want money? I begged them not to write the story, I paid two journalists at your publication. I will not reveal their names, you can ask amongst your colleagues."
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