ANC embarrassed by MEC Mazibuko's 'racist remarks'

A response now from Jacob Khawe, ANC Secretary in Gauteng. Courtesy #Dstv403

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it is embarrassed by what it has described as racist comments made by Gauteng Sport and Recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko. 

The party said it will take action against her "abuse of public servants".

In an audio recording, Mazibuko is heard telling staff members that they must fast-track the delivery of sporting facilities to communities ahead of the elections. 

"I want those combi courts. Even if you have to construct them with your own hands, I want those courts ... if it means you go fly magic, you better do it," she was heard saying in an audio recording. 

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She went on to threaten the employees with their jobs if they didn't do as she instructed them. 

"Which other department has an Indian that is a CFO? Which department has an HOD who's Mlungu (white) ... including national? So you must thank me for empowering you.

"That is why some departments, they don't even want to see a White woman or any Indian woman .... It's not about racism. It's because you like to keep English."

The ANC's Jacob Khawe says the party is disappointed and that the utterances made by the MEC are "inexplicably racist".

"She knows that the ANC has always been an organisation for non-racialism. We will take necessary action."The ANC also instructed Mazibuko to issue a public apology.

Khawe said the ANC's Integrity Committee would be tasked with advising the party's leadership as to how this should be handled, "because it is embarrassing the party". 

Meanwhile, ANC Gauteng Deputy Chairperson Panyaza Lesufi says the Premier of Gauteng David Makhura will be meeting with Mazibuko to find a solution to the ‘Abuse’ of public servants. “By the end of the day, there should be a solution."


An audio recording of a meeting between Gauteng MEC for sport and recreation, Faith Mazibuko, and her staff has raised eyebrows.

Courtesy #Dstv403