- Carl Niehaus has responded to claims that the ANC intends to suspend him from his post in the party
- This comes shortly after a notice of intention to suspend the MKMVA spokesperson was leaked
- Niehaus, who is battling Covid-19, has expressed his disappointment in the response to the situation
Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans spokesperson Carl Niehaus has responded to the fallout after his suspension went public.
When asked on social media if he wanted sympathy, the embattled ANC politician said that all he wants is 'fairness':
“The callousness of what had been done today to me by the media based on a confidential staff letter that had been maliciously leaked, while I’m still ill and fighting to overcome Covid-19 is unforgivable.
“My health has taken a turn for the worse. Awu! Ngaze ngaphoxeka kunina nonke [I am very disappointed in all of you]."
The leaked letter informing Niehaus of the intention to suspend him went public on Tuesday.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has reportedly distanced himself from comments made by Carl Niehaus.
The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson is allegedly facing a possible suspension from his post in Magashule's office with disciplinary action looming.
This comes after Niehaus allegedly launched a 'personal attack' on ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte. The leaked letter reportedly had Magashule making it clear that he wanted no part in Niehaus' utterances:
“I have observed, with concern, that you are involved in activities that create the impression that you act on instructions from me. I wish to distance myself from your remarks regarding the NEC in which I am a member."
The secretary-general is also quoted as highlighting the need for radical economic transformation but as a unified ANC and that this cannot be allowed to be perceived as the 'domination' of any particular faction within the ruling party:
“Any attempt to create such an impression is wrong, creates disunity within the ANC, and as such must be repudiated. Accordingly, I distance myself from any and all activities which cause disunity in my name.”
TimesLIVE reports that Niehaus has declined to comment on the matter when questioned over the possible suspension. The publication referred to a letter sent to Niehaus be ANC general manager Febe Potgieter-Gqubule:
“You have been advised, on more than one occasion, that your public statements and social media posts are unbecoming of someone working in this high office, which has the primary responsibility of driving and co-ordinating the work of all structures of the ANC."
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Source: Briefly News