Presidency denies Duarte resignation

2010-03-01 08:11

Jesse Duarte has not resigned from the presidency, a spokesman said

on Sunday.

“She is still part and parcel of the hard-working team in the

office of the President,” said presidency spokesman Zizi Kodwa.

It was reported on Sunday that Duarte had written ANC

secretary-general Gwede Mantashe an “emotional email” announcing her

resignation last Thursday. She is currently the chief operations officer in the

presidency.

Duarte had clashed with top Zuma aide and deputy director-general

in the presidency, Lakela Kaunda, the paper reported.

“There aren’t fall-outs. They’re working together as one team. It

does not mean a tension or a conflict,” said Kodwa.

Confrontation happens in any working environment, he said.

“The report was meant to create suspicion and mistrust,” said

Kodwa.

Sunday Times stands by its story

"The story is definitely true. She wrote the letter herself," said editor, Mondli Makhanya, about an e-mail sent by Duarte to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe announcing her intended resignation.

"The newspaper did not say she had already resigned," Makhanya said.

Duarte yesterday denied her resignation to Eyewitness News, but nothing was reported about the e-mail she sent to Mantashe.

"The letter is not in dispute. She must explain what she meant in the letter rather than playing on semantics," Makhanya said.

Duarte tried to keep the newspaper from publishing the story when she was contacted for comment, said Makhanya.



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