Niehaus demands ‘lies’ investigation

Staff Writer | Jun 19, 2019
Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association spokesman Carl Niehaus wants the African National Congress (ANC) to probe ‘lies’ about party colleagues allegedly being fed to journalists by senior party members.

Niehaus claims in a letter addressed to ANC secretary general Ace Magashule that he has been approached for comment by two journalists acting on information they had allegedly received from leaders in the ANC.

In recent weeks, Niehaus has been embroiled in a controversy concerning public messaging around the fate of the South African Reserve Bank. This includes a tweet from Magashule’s account which appeared to contradict a statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Niehaus linked the alleged campaign against him to hostility towards Magashule.

‘These are blatant lies that are maliciously being generated and deliberately leaked by senior members of the ANC inside Luthuli House to journalists with the intention to attack, undermine and harm you as the prime target and me as a secondary target,’ he said.

He said that for him to ignore these ‘lies and shenanigans’ could result in the destruction of the ANC. He added that he was prepared for legal action against those responsible.

Niehaus is a controversial figure, having in the past been entangled in financial problems. Former minister of tourism Derek Hanekom once termed him a ‘liar and a con artist’. Niehaus – at one time a passionate supporter of Jacob Zuma – is also viewed as a committed ally of Magashule, and at odds with President Ramaphosa.

 

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