Cape Town – South African Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has reportedly been summoned to appear before the ANC integrity commission to explain both her opinion piece criticising the country’s Constitution and judiciary, as well as her recent public spat with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office.
Speaking to reporters this week, ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile said that the party’s top committee met with Sisulu on Monday and that the party’s integrity commission had also called on her to appear before it.
Mashatile, however, did not confirm the date on which the integrity commission will convene.
“The officials of the ANC have met with Sisulu on Monday and there’s another meeting that’s going to take place between her and the deputy-president. I have been informed that the Integrity Commission has also called her. I don’t know when she will be appearing before them but she will be appearing,” eNCA quoted Mashatile as saying.
The party’s integrity commission is a body of veterans meant to ensure party leaders act in line with ANC values and don’t bring the party into disrepute, according to EWN.
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Sisulu, who is also the daughter of revered anti-apartheid activists Walter and Albertina Sisulu, launched a blistering attack on both the judiciary and the constitution in opinion pieces published by the Independent Online recently.
The 67-year-old veteran minister derided unnamed senior judges as “mentally colonised Africans” who are “only too happy to lick the spittle of those who falsely claim superiority”.
She also criticised South Africa’s groundbreaking post-apartheid constitution, claiming that it had failed to improve the lives of the majority of black South Africans who remained impoverished.
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Her opinion piece drew a lot of attention and may have also revealed the party’s factionalism, as some members called on the NEC to take action against her while others supported her.
Before appearing before the NEC on Monday, Sisulu met with Ramaphosa, who apologised on her behalf for her opinion piece.
However, Sisulu distanced herself from that apology that was issued on her behalf.
She further accused the presidency’s media team of deliberately misrepresenting the outcomes of a meeting she had with Ramaphosa.
Read the statement below
🚨 Media Statement 🚨 pic.twitter.com/QczNgHR1zd
— Lindiwe Sisulu (@LindiweSisuluSA) January 21, 2022
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo