Hanekom clarifies controversial vote comment

Former tourism minister and ANC party senior Derek Hanekom refuted claims by the ANC youth league that he had said he is not sure if he would vote for the ANC in the 2019 general elections.

The ANCYL has called for Hanekom to make a public apology or resign over his comment. However, the ANCYL has since retracted their statement and apologised to Hanekom.

Read: ANCYL retracts statement and apologizes to Derek Hanekom

I think the knives have been back in the sheath because the youth league has realised that they've made a huge mistake, they didn't read the article properly.

Derek Hanekom, former tourism minister

What I had said at the event on Freedom Day in Khayelithsa was that given the challenges that we have in the ANC at the moment - the loss of credibility and the loss of public standing - if we were to have elections today we would not get the 60 % that we have been attaining consistently since 1994.

Derek Hanekom, former tourism minister

In fact we might not even get 50% and that is all that I have said.

Derek Hanekom, former tourism minister

Hanekom says the ANC needs to correct the wrongs if it wants to stand a chance in the coming elections to restore its public standing and popularity.

The way it is at the moment its just not the ANC that we can stand up and say this is the ANC we voted for in 1994, this is the ANC that we have been prepared to die for ...

Derek Hanekom, former tourism minister

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