Communists accuse Madisha of fishing for public sympathy

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

The SACP yesterday hit out at Cosatu president Willie Madisha, accusing him of "fishing for sympathy" by speaking publicly about the missing R500000 donation.

Madisha told a media briefing on Wednesday that he had handed over the donation to SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande. Nzimande had earlier claimed that he never received the money from Madisha. Madisha claimed that he had proof that he gave the money to Nzimande. He said he had made a detailed statement setting out the sequence of events to police.

Madisha also raised his objections about the way in which the party was handling the issue. He said he was disadvantaged by Nzimande's involvement in a meeting which had formed a task team to probe the issue.

Madisha also questioned the stance taken by SACP party leader Gwede Mantashe and the Young Communist League. Yesterday SACP spokesman Malesela Maleka said Madisha was "trying to be technical" and in the process wants public sympathy.

"He was invited to a meeting on two occasions but he never turned up," said Maleka.