ANC: beware ‘Chikane Files’

2010-07-26 00:00

A SERIES of articles dishing the dirt on the ANC’s ousting of former President Thabo Mbeki is distorted and should not be accepted as “gospel truth”.

So said ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe this weekend.

Mantashe was reacting to a book written by Frank Chikane, former director-general in the Presidency. Extracts from the book have been published in the Star and the Daily News under the title: “The Chikane Files.”

Speaking after a two-day ANC national executive committee meeting on Saturday, Mantashe called for caution when reading “The Chikane Files”. Sunday newspapers quoted Mantashe as voicing concern on the reporting of the party’s national executive council (NEC) meetings. He said Chikane never attended the meetings because he was not a member of the NEC. Mantashe said officials of the party “will seek an audience with Chikane” to discuss the matter.

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