Walter Sisulu’s grandson breaks ranks and condemns Nene’s axing

In a surprise statement on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, well-known activist Shaka Sisulu condemned the axing of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. 

Sisulu is a loyal ANC member and was appointed to the ANC Youth League task team in 2013 after the organisation’s structures were disbanded. His grandfather was ANC stalwart and icon Walter Sisulu and his father is previous National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu. His mother is activist and writer Elinor Sisulu. 

Like many other high-profile ANC members, Sisulu was careful how he worded his Twitter posts after the announcement was made on Wednesday night, expressing his concern through humour and with restraint. But on Thursday afternoon he sent out a clear statement over a series of eight tweets, deploring the “neutered” ANC’s response and loss of power. 

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