ANC denies slating Mbete over party

2011-11-14 16:25

Johannesburg - The ANC has taken issue with a news report that its chairperson Baleka Mbete has been slated for giving details about the cost of its centenary celebrations,

"We don't even know what inspired such reporting. When our leaders have spoken, they have spoken, and it's not up to members to be angry," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Monday.

He said the party would insist on a correction by the City Press, the newspaper concerned. Should it refuse to do so, the matter would be taken up with the press ombudsman.

City Press reported on Sunday that Mbete had come under fire after revealing that more than R100m would be spent the ANC's centenary celebrations.

She is in charge of the ANC's centenary committee.

ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa was said to have been furious when he heard that Mbete had mentioned the R100m figure, the newspaper reported.

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee said on Monday that the newspaper would not publish a correction.

"I am confident to defend the story at the press ombudsman," she said.

Haffajee said the interview was done on the record and that other sources "close to the action" had confirmed the report.

"I'm sorry they’re upset, because it was an innocuous story," she said.

  • Dirk - 2011-11-14 16:34

    Interesting, did they really think that they can hide R100m party? It is anyway over R500m, so Mbete's facts were already distorted.

      Bob - 2011-11-14 16:43

      Dirk, I'm sure they hide a lot more than R100m the big spenders, R100m is just the tip of the iceberg.

      Vuyo - 2011-11-14 19:26

      If the Youth Development circus costed R106 Million, how can this year long celebration only costs R100 Million.

  • Piet - 2011-11-14 16:45

    The public has no right to know how much the cadres are going to spend on Johnny and his friends.....

  • Sad Sack - 2011-11-14 17:12

    To many wrotten apples in one bag at the moment.........!!!!

  • Piet - 2011-11-14 18:15

    I would also be upset if it was reported that the party would only be a meagre p#isswilly R100m. Who would go to such a mickey mouse party?

  • Levett - 2011-11-14 18:32

    Seems like division in the ANC is growing quicker than expected.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-14 18:52

    You go Ferial Haffajee. That's why they want to gag the press.

  • Dave - 2011-11-14 22:40

    Have we, the taxpayers, become so used to this septic mess called the ANC, suprised that we should be expected to pay for their party's party?

  • Duke - 2011-11-16 13:41

    Let her be brought before the NDC to prove that they hae democracy unless the NDC is for youth like JuJu!

  • derrick.wilkie - 2012-01-29 13:23

    mmmmmm,hybo gents mmmmmmmmmmmh hybo

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