The Eastern Cape MEC of Social Development, Nancy Sihlwayi was recently accused of racist behaviour by the DA’s Veliswa Mvenya. (See: ANC must immediately suspend racist MEC Sihlwayi)
It has come to my attention that the provincial chairwoman of the DA, MPL Ms. Veliswa Mvenya, has laid an ill-conceived charge of racism against me with the Speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Her Excellency Ms. Noxolo Kiviet.
For someone with my background and ANC struggle credentials this is a serious insult, because I have dedicated my whole life to the struggle against racism and sexism. My positions as MEC for Social Development, which is tasked with the duty to fight poverty and the way that it expresses itself as a racial demographic primarily affecting black South Africans, as well as being a member of the National Working Committee of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), testify to this commitment that I live out every day.
Furthermore, my political party the African National Congress has a proud history of fighting against all forms of oppression and discrimination, including racism. Our non-racial credentials are beyond reproach, we have written it with the blood of our liberation fighters in the history books of our beloved country. The Freedom Charter and our Constitution (widely acknowledged as the most progressive constitution