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'Divisions sparked by Sisulu saga a jostling for the presidency leadership'

23 January 2022 2:18 PM
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Gwede Mantashe
Cyril Ramaphosa
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ANC NEC
Lindiwe Sisulu
Sara-Jayne King
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Ismail Lagardien

Sara-Jayne King talks to columnist Ismail Lagardien about the week's top news stories.

- The ANC NEC is meeting this weekend amid tensions raised by the public spat between the Presidency and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

- 'The official reports are that President Cyril Ramaphosa should show Sisulu no leniency' says columnist Ismail Lagardien


Presidential hopefuls, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: GCIS

The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) is meeting this weekend amid the public spat between the Presidency and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

City Press reports that several attempts to introduce a debate about Sisulu’s contentious views on the Constitution and the judiciary were scuppered during the NEC meeting.

RELATED: Sisulu calls Ramaphosa a liar: 'People will judge his leadership on next move'

After the Presidency issued a second statement standing by its version of events, Sisulu's office still maintained the Minister had not apologised for her controversial opinion piece.

Sara-Jayne King interviews veteran journalist and columnist, Ismail Lagardien.

The official reports are that Ramaphosa should show her no leniency.

Ismail Lagardien, Veteran journalist and columnist

There's been a back and forth, but Ramaphosa doesn't seem to have been directly involved... the usual suspects in the radical economic transformation faction (RET) saying that this is all a plot to discredit Sisulu...

Ismail Lagardien, Veteran journalist and columnist

It's predictably divisive, in the sense that anybody who criticises anything that Cyril Ramaphosa stands for is immediately embraced by the RET forces, the Bikoists, the EFF...

Ismail Lagardien, Veteran journalist and columnist

Lagardien says the divisions the standoff has caused are predictable, but ugly.

Yes, the fact remains that she said the most dangerous African today is the mentally colonised African... This is a very sixties slogan that many African scholars have spoken about.

Ismail Lagardien, Veteran journalist and columnist

It's a jostling for the presidency leadership, so you also get Gwede Mantashe coming out and saying people are trying to drive a wedge between him and Cyril Ramaphosa because he wants to be the deputy.

Ismail Lagardien, Veteran journalist and columnist

Scroll to the top of the article for the audio to listen to the interview with Lagardien




23 January 2022 2:18 PM
Tags:
Gwede Mantashe
Cyril Ramaphosa
Politics
ANC NEC
Lindiwe Sisulu
Sara-Jayne King
weekend breakfast
Ismail Lagardien

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