The ANC Youth League is refusing to apologise to Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan.
The Minister had demanded the apology after the governing party’s youth wing during an interview with The Citizen recently accused him of being intent on selling off Eskom after he approved the restructuring of the embattled power utility into three separate entities.
Gordhan has described ANCYL President Collen Malatji’s statements as deliberate distortions of the truth and ill-considered utterances.
The organisation is, however, not budging – saying it is problematic that public representatives think they are exempt from criticism and can always demand a public apology willy-nilly.
ANCYL Secretary General, Mntuwoxolo Ngudle, says as they have their ear on the ground and are aware of public concern over what is happening at the country’s SOEs.
The league’s mother body, the ANC, has however defended Nxesi.
The governing party says while it encourages the youth league to be robust and outspokenly pursue the interests of young people, that should be done without denigrating personalities.
The ANC also urged its youth wing not to insult the party’s deployees, while analysing issues confronting South Africans today.
“we are no longer going to delegate responsibilitys to pensioners” Collen Malatji
“SG that Thulas Nxesi @NxesiThulas who is the minister of employment but it appears like he is minister of unemployment, I dont know when we are removing him but it's an urgent matter” pic.twitter.com/PXocJgenj6
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Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa