Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has essentially accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of lying about a meeting they had over her controversial remarks on the country’s judiciary.
Sisulu issued a statement contradicting one issued by the Presidency on Thursday evening, 20 January 2022.
“I wish to categorically disown this statement in its entirety as a misrepresentation of the said meeting I had with the president. The president and I met on Wednesday at 21:00 at his house,” Sisulu said.
The Presidency had said Ramaphosa reprimanded Sisulu over her article titled ‘Hi Mzansi, have we seen justice?,’ published initially in The Star newspaper. In the lengthy opinion piece, the minister, who is also an ANC NEC member, criticises the constitution and black judges, claiming the rule of law does not serve African values and interests. Many have taken issue with Sisulu’s article, including Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who have accused her of baselessly attacking the Constitution.
Ramaphosa’s office then goes on to state that Sisulu ‘conceded that her words were inappropriate’ and retracted her remarks.
LINDIWE SISULU: ‘I WISH TO DISTANCE MYSELF FROM SUCH’
Well, as far as her article is concerned, Lindiwe Sisulu says she stands by its contents and did not issue an apology during her meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Sisulu says she intends issuing a full statement in the next 24 hours.
“In such a meeting, he shared his challenge with one aspect of the article on the judges. The president proposed an intermediary that would focus on the one line about the judges to resolve that. I awaited such to be communicated, which would do nothing to the entire article. Under no circumstances did I commit to any retraction or apology since I stand by what I penned. The content of the president’s statement in its current form is unfortunate as it is not what we agreed on. In this regard, I wish to distance myself from such.”
Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
Sisulu is reported to be eyeing the ANC presidency and intends going up against Ramaphosa when the party elects a new leadership at the end of the year.