ANC accepts Edward Zuma's apology for open letter

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

The president's son was told to withdraw his remarks on ANC MPs Pravin Gordhan & Derek Hanekom in which he referred to them as defenders of white monopoly capital.

Ntuli said Zuma's son called him on Thursday morning informing him that he had sent the letter to the ANC offices on Wednesday.

"The ANC expresses its honest gratitude to Cde Edward for respecting and subjecting himself to the political discipline of the organisation", said the party in a terse statement issued by KZN spokesperson Ndumiseni Ntuli.

Zuma had, in an open letter last week, referred to Hanekom as a "white monopoly capitalist offspring - who is no better than a vile dog trained to maul a black skin" and a "white Afrikaner, anti majoritarian sellout".

In a letter written to the ANC, Edward said he had no intention of causing offence by expressing his view on the current political landscape in the country. "Hoping this letter finds you in good spirit, maqabane [comrades]".

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Thursday told News24 that it meant to proceed with its legal action against Zuma, even after his apology.

The Commission's Gurshwell Brookes says they're considering the options available to them.

"The commission will be taking this matter to the Equality Court".

Edward initially stood by his remarks and didn't regret writing the letter, according to EWN.

"Institutions like the SAHRC still possess a residue of the exclusionary minority mindset in terms of the cases and issues they target".

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