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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’.

Freelance journalist Carien du Plessis. Picture: Carien du Plessis/Facebook.
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CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) says it will lay criminal charges against journalist Carien du Plessis. 

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’.

The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa says du Plessis’s tweet has racist undertones.

“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.” 

The party warns that it won't tolerate racists at its event.

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. 
Meanwhile, the Mail & Guardian says it will engage with the ANC.

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“Carien has received accreditation, or rather she’s applied for it, but they have not informed her of whether it’s been withdrawn and neither have they informed the Mail & Guardian.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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