The African National Congress (ANC) has apologised for its backlash directed at Pubic Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and ANC head of Organising Senzo Mchunu for the alleged remarks made against black engineers.
In a statement issued this week, the party accused Gordhan and Mchunu of launching an attack on black professionals.
Demanding an apology on Thursday, Gordhan responded with a statement asking the party to retract its statement.
The minister said "I want to state empathetically that I have not made any public statements diminishing the status of black engineers...I therefore reject and find extremely offensive, the contents of the statement."
Acting National Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says Gordhan and Mchunu's statements were taken out of context.
We accept to acknowledged that leaders of the ANC are criss- corsing the country meeting different constituencies and and some of the reports from the media, we need to rebut immediately and because of the anonymity we may not have time to call people the statements are attributed to....— Zizi Kodwa, Acting national spokesperson - ANC
In this regard we were not in the position immediately to call the comrades but we did a thorough investigation and having spoken to both of them, it was clear their statements were taken out of context.— Zizi Kodwa, Acting national spokesperson - ANC
The ANC apologizes to Pravin Gordhan and Senzo Mchunu after Gordhan demanded an apology. The ANC had sent out a statement condemning their “remarks” on black professionals. Now the party withdrawals that condemnation and apologizes. pic.twitter.com/Zkt1K2s3Z0— Clement Manyathela (@TheRealClementM) February 21, 2019
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