Former Minister Bathabile Dlamini has criticised BusinessLIVE and Financial Mail for “writing fake news” about Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
Financial Mail published an editorial on BusinessLIVE‘s website on 21 November titled, “Fear Lindiwe Sisulu’s Ambition.”
The editorial criticised Sisulu’s appointment of Dlamini as chair of the board of the Social Housing Regulatory Authority.
‘Shenanigans of dividing the ANC’
It suggested that the appointment was aimed at promoting Sisulu’s ambition for the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC).
“If Sisulu is prepared to stoop so low to shore up her position, one can only fear for the country under her command. Such ruthlessly self-serving ambition should be checked. And soon,” Financial Mail wrote.
In a Twitter thread on Wednesday evening, Dlamini hit back at the two publications, accusing them of attempting to divide the ANC.
She added, “Even if it takes 100 years the world will know about you. BL, Financial Mail you attack women during 16 days. Continue writing fake news about Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. She owes you nothing. All your friends want is to grab water and human settlements budget.”
‘ANC not going to conference’
The former minister suggested that the publications are working with their “white monopoly capital friends” to discredit Sisulu by spreading lies about her.
Dlamini concluded, “Before I forget, the ANC is not going to any conference anytime soon and I don’t know what BL [and] Financial Mail take gossips of [comrades] that want to take over power from others but anyway the guilty are afraid [sic].”
Earlier in November, Mail & Guardian reported that according to an anonymous complainant, Sisulu is staffing her department with “loyalists” as part of a campaign to unseat Mabuza at next year’s ANC National General Council (NGC).
This was alleged to be her first step towards vying for the ANC presidency in 2022. The anonymous complainant reportedly lodged the allegations with the Public Protector and the Public Service Commission (PSC).
However, Sisulu’s department issued a statement dismissing the allegations, saying they are “are as silly as they are false.”
It added, “The National General Council of the ANC does not elect office bearers and there is no vacancy in the presidency of the governing party.”