Yesterday, Minister Pravin Gordhan demanded an apology from the ANC and that the party retracts its statement issued on Wednesday.
This comes after the ANC issued a statement where the party distances itself from both Gordhan and Senzo Mchunu for launching scathing attacks on black professionals. The party said in the statement it distances itself from Gordhan and Mchunu and that it will seek to engage with them.
However, in a letter addressed to ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule on Thursday, Gordhan said he rejects the ANC’s statement and that he finds it “extremely offensive”.
“I want to state emphatically that I have not made any statements diminishing the status of black engineers,” Gordhan’s letter reads.
Over the past weekend, former KwaZulu-Natal premier and ANC NEC member, Mchunu was quoted in the City Press newspaper saying that the country will regret calling some of black managers “people of excellence” because they were “fake”.
Meanwhile, the ANC has since issued a statement on Thursday evening saying “following a thorough investigation on statements attributed to both Minister of Public Enterprises, Cde Pravin Gordhan and the ANC head of Organizing, Cde Senzo Mchunu, has established that their remarks were taken out of context.”
However, according to an Independent Political Analyst, Molifi Tshabalala, this matter could have been handled much better. “A matter could have been handled much better,” said Tshabalala.
“Before issuing a public statement, the ANC should have gotten hold of both Pravin Gordhan and Senzo Mchunu to ascertain whether they have uttered those remarks or not,” he said.
“This paints a picture that ANC leaders are not on speaking terms. More so, given that Gordhan opted to write a “letter of demand” for an apology. One would expect him to pick up a phone and get in touch with the office of secretary-general Ace Magashule to set the record straight as opposed to taking the trouble of writing the letter,” Tshabalala added.
According to Tshabalala, this “is not surprising though. The so-called unity is just a rhetorical farce,” he concluded.