I'm Sorry Mr Premier

2007-11-17 00:00

In a startling climb-down yesterday, tough-talking IFP leader Dr Lionel Mtshali has fully retracted a statement he made alleging that KZN Premier S'bu Ndebele is abusing his office to build a business empire. He also tendered his sincere apologies for any hurt and injury that he may have caused the premier.

Even after Ndebele said he was to sue Mtshali, the sharp-tongued IFP leader stuck to his guns and said his party accepted the legal challenge. This was announced in a second press release that contained such phrases as “this extraordinary eruption of bile”, referring to the Agriculture Department. He also spoke about its “sleaze-infested administration”.

Mtshali said his statement was “written under a misapprehension as to the facts, he withdrew its entire contents and apologised”.

Ndebele was at an ANC National Executive meeting in Johannesburg yesterday and could not be reached at time of going to press.

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