Why drag Sisulu’s name into mine grabs?

2010-11-28 12:47

The lead story in City Press (November 21) refers to purported ANC mine grab claims wherein it is alleged that Chancellor House has secured a lucrative stake in the “scramble for South Africa’s mining wealth”.

The story refers to key members of the ANC who have “direct interests in mining companies”. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, is identified as one such ANC leader participating in this “grab”.

The article goes on to discuss the consequent conflict of interest issues that this raises for him and other public servants.

There is a further section that highlights the poor understanding the politically connected have of this ethical dilemma.

Elsewhere in the article (on another page), you note that Sisulu resigned from all his company interests, which he did as soon as he became a public representative.

Cipro records do not reflect this and still regard him as “active”.

Your paper should be aware that neither the Speaker of the National Assembly nor Parliament manage the Cipro database.

Sisulu is extremely angry that you have dragged his name into this story – especially having acknowledged that he has no interest in mining companies or any other.

He protests in the strongest possible terms at this unscrupulous and frankly, unethical, journalism.

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