‘Mathews Phosa hates blacks, loves whites’ – ANCYL

2014-12-03 16:03

The Mpumalanga ANC Youth League has accused former ANC treasurer-general and premier Mathews Phosa of hating blacks and being too close to whites.

The province’s youth arm fired its salvo today after it emerged that Phosa had submitted information to Luthuli House alleging that Premier David Mabuza could have been an apartheid spy.

The league justified its claim at a press conference at the ANC’s Mbombela offices today by saying that all of Phosa’s business partners were Afrikaners and that he was the only black person sitting on the board of Innibos – an annual festival held in the city.

This year, controversial musician Steve Hofmeyr caused an outcry when he sang a rendition of the old Die Stem national anthem during the festival.

“We all know that Mathews Phosa is the only black who sits on the board of an Afrikaner cultural club called Innibos, which allowed (Hofmeyr) to sing Die Stem with no condemnation from him during a recent festival here in Mbombela. Then, who is a spy?” said ANCYL provincial chairperson, Desmond Moela.

Phosa speaks nine languages, and is fluent in Afrikaans. He published a volume of Afrikaans poems called Deur die oog van ‘n naald (Through the eye of a needle) and was also appointed a board member of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut – a multi-sectoral business organisation.

Moela also questioned why Phosa was confident to appoint Mabuza in his 1994 to 1999 provincial cabinet as education MEC if he knew he was an apartheid spy.

The league’s Bohlabela regional secretary, Tim Mashele, added: “In 2011, Phosa stood up in front of a crowd in Matsulu and said ‘DD (Mabuza) is my boy. I groomed him in the underground structures of the ANC.’ It is surprising now that he is the one to say Mabuza was a spy.”

Phosa replied in a text message, telling City Press: “I have no intention to feed this orgy of a fishing expedition. This matter is in the hands of the ANC officials. No amount of press conferences or press releases will change anything.”

Meanwhile, Mabuza has indicated he will sue Phosa for R10 million and ask President Jacob Zuma to appoint a Commission of Inquiry.

Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, said he would respond to City Press’ questions on the matter in due course.

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