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Mantashe's anarchy comments refuted by Mandela programme alumni

The ANC secretary-general claims meetings at the US embassy are aimed at sowing anarchy in SA.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two of the people, who went on last year's Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme, have told Eyewitness News it's a bit of a stretch for African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe to claim they've been brought home to sow the seeds of anarchy.

Yesterday, at the party's anti-racism march, Mantashe told ANC members that he was aware of meetings at the American embassy aimed at sowing anarchy.

He then said he also knew about a programme that took young people to the US and then planted them on campuses here.

Lee du Preez was on last year's programme and he says Mantashe is wrong.

"Any government who is not fulfilling the needs of their population is going to feel inadequate when another government does something that is for the betterment of their own people."

Pearl Pillay was also on the programme.

"To suggest that programme wants to sow seeds of anarchy, I think is a bit extreme but it doesn't take away that there are certain motives within programmes like these."

Yesterday, American Ambassador Patrick Gaspard appeared to mock the claims, saying Mantashe should be aware of the programme because he personally invited him to recommend young ANC leaders for it.

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