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ANC to take action over #pantypreneur tweet
Journalist Carien du Plessis posted a tweet describing people attending the ANC’s birthday as ‘pantypreneurs’.
CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) says it will lay criminal charges against journalist Carien du Plessis. I realise the term “pantypreneur” is problematic. Thank you for the engagement and my unqualified apologies for using it in my tweet.
The party, which has banned du Plessis from attending its 104th birthday celebrations tomorrow, has accused her of being a racist.
Du Plessis raised the party's ire after she posted a tweet describing people who'd attend the ANC bash as ‘pantypreneurs’ and ‘tenderpreneurs’.
“There's no need why the ANC should give any attention to such a person who inherently hates black people, hates the ANC and hates women.”
Kodwa says du Plessis is not welcome at the party's 8 January birthday celebrations in Rustenburg tomorrow.
“We don't welcome racists at the ANC’s event. Carien du Plessis is a racist.”
President Jacob Zuma will deliver the party's statement at the main celebration at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Kodwa has described du Plessis as a racist whose insinuated that the black women at the event would be there to have sex with senior party officials.
He says the ANC won't allow any distractions or disruptions in Rustenburg.
“No amount of tweeting. No amount of Facebooking, no amount of Instagramming can deter us from a successful event.”
Du Plessis has since apologised, saying she realises the term ‘pantypreneur’ is problematic.
Mail & Guardian editor Verashni Pillay says, “Carien has received accreditation, or rather she’s applied for it, but they have not informed her of whether it’s been withdrawn and neither have they informed the Mail & Guardian.”
I realise the term “pantypreneur” is problematic. Thank you for the engagement and my unqualified apologies for using it in my tweet.— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) January 7, 2016