Chikane files not gospel truth – ANC

2010-07-24 14:47

The ANC has called on the public to be cautious when reading Reverend Frank Chikane’s public files on the party as “they are not the gospel truth”.

“It is in the character of the ANC to promote freedom of speech, and free circulation of ideas and information within the ANC and broader society,” ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told journalists at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

“However, the publication of the Chikane files, especially aspects that purport to report, in a distorted fashion, on NEC (national executive committee) meetings when Reverend Chikane was not even present, is viewed in a very serious light.”

Mantashe and Jeff Radebe, ANC head of policy and Justice Minister, were addressing the media on the party’s two-day NEC meeting that ended yesterday.

“Officials of the ANC will seek an audience with Chikane,” Mantashe said.

This was after he did not attend the NEC meeting, which started on Thursday.

The Star newspaper published the Chikane Files.

Chikane was the director-general in the office of former president Thabo Mbeki.

The files detail the run-up to Mbeki’s recall by the ANC in late 2008. 

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