ANCYL refuses to apologise to Gordhan

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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.

Gordhan is not the only cabinet member Malatji has laid into since he was elected to lead the governing party’s youth wing – which many had slammed for losing its bite.
Recently, he also fired a salvo at the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, calling for his head over failure to create jobs.


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.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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