Xingwana to fight racial spat allegations in court

2010-10-04 07:41

Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana will not engage in litigation through the media over an alleged racial spat, the department has said.

“The minister has been fighting corruption since she arrived in the arts and culture department and will not be deterred in her efforts to insist upon a clean and well-functioning administration,” spokesperson Lisa Combrinck said.

She was responding to a report that the minister was being sued for R10?million over an alleged racial spat.

Native Rhythms owner Sipho Sithole has served Xingwana with papers for a defamation claim.

He accused Xingwana of hate speech, alleging that Xingwana had said he was using his company as a “front for white people” in particular a “Jewish woman”.

Sithole sued the minister in her personal capacity and as well as the political head of the arts and culture department.

Combrinck said the minister’s legal team had advised her not to engage in litigation through the media, but rather to allow all the matters to be revealed in court in due course.

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