Magaqa apologises to Gigaba for ‘imperialists’ comment

ANC Youth League secretary general Sindiso Magaqa apologised to Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba on Saturday.

“I would like to apologise to Minister Malusi Gigaba unreservedly and unconditionally,” Magaqa said in a statement, as part of the sanction meted out by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee.

Magaqa was found guilty of prejudicing the integrity of the organisation and creating divisions by making derogatory remarks about Gigaba, who is also an ANC national executive committee member.

Magaqa accused Gigaba of “pleasing imperialists” when he said the nationalisation debate was hurting foreign investment in South African.

Had Magaqa not apologised he would have been suspended from the ANC for three years. However, the sanction would have been implemented if he were found guilty of misconduct within that time. The sanction would have also applied to his membership of the youth league.

Magaqa was given 15 days to make a public apology to Gigaba.

He was charged together with ANCYL president Julius Malema and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu. Malema was expelled from the ANC and Shivambu was suspended for three years. They were also given 14 days to appeal the sanctions. – Sapa

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