Manto is not the first thorn in ANC

While its constitution protects Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, the ANC acted indecisively on a matter that has embarrassed it, the president and the government.

While its constitution protects Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, the ANC acted indecisively on a matter that has embarrassed it, the president and the government.

This is the second time the government has faced such a problem. Joe Mathews, former IFP MP and ex-deputy safety and security minister, was banished from Botswana because he embezzled funds from clients while practising law there. He was appointed by Nelson Mandela and served until his resignation in 1999. Tshabalala-Msimang was first appointed by Mandela as a deputy justice minister.

This should be a lesson to the ANC not to defend an individual without first thoroughly investigating a case. The ANC, especially in KwaZulu-Natal, is trying its utmost to shield Jacob Zuma without even asking why he is blocking each and every step of the investigations.

The ANC should have investigated the Tshabalala-Msimang case before dismissing the authenticity and reliability of the story.

Both Tshabalala-Msimang and Matthews should not have been appointed. My advice to Tshabalala-Msimang is to resign as soon as possible - despite the fact that the constitution protects her appointment.

Nokuthula Mthembu

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