ANC Branch Distances Itself From Tourism Minister Sisulu QwaQwa Visit

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The African National Congress (ANC) interim regional committee of the Thabo Mofutsanyana region on Saturday said it was distancing the party from a poster announcing Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s visit to the area.

A poster circulating on social media says senior ANC member Sisulu will be the keynote speaker at an event organised by the Manteboheng Constance Ramoana Branch (Ward 25) in QwaQwa.

The ANC in Thabo Mofutsanyana said the advertised event was associated with suspended party member Vusi Tshabalala, who was removed as chief whip of the legislature by the provincial structure in October last year.  

“Tshabalala is not allowed to take part in ANC activities after being suspended,” said the ANC in Thabo Mofutsanyana.

“It is not in our formal programme and people must take it as part of the many initiatives that are taking place outside of our plans.

“We have come out to say where people are doing their own events, let it not be in the name of the ANC.”

The poster says Sisulu is set to visit an ANC branch in Maluti a Phofung on Sunday, 6 February.

Sisulu recently ruffled feathers in the ANC with her article criticising the constitution and the role of African judges whom she likened to “house negroes”.

Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said the remarks were an insult to African Judges.

The tourism minister further upped the ante of dissent when she rejected as “mischievous” a Presidency announcement that she had retracted her comments and apoligised.

The Bulrushes sent a request for comment about the poster to Steve Motale, Sisulu’s spokesperson, but by late Saturday there was no response.