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Lindiwe Zulu to contact Trevor Manuel about his open letter

Manuel wrote an open letter to Zulu yesterday, in response to what he says are 'reckless statements'.

South African Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: United Nations.

CAPE TOWN - Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says she will contact former cabinet minister Trevor Manuel to discuss his open letter.

Manuel wrote an open letter to Zulu yesterday, in response to what he says are "reckless statements" about the role of business in South Africa.

Zulu was quoted by the Mail and Guardian as saying big business should have rallied behind President Jacob Zuma's decision to replace Nhlanhla Nene with Des van Rooyen.

But she denies saying this.

"The misquoting is now being used against me, because it is a fact [that] they mixed my explanation. Unfortunately for me, I am not there when they write the article. They didn't even come back to me to say 'this is how we are writing it' and so forth."

She says she disagrees with Manuel's view that Nene's removal, without warning or explanation, has led to a breakdown in trust.

"I respect Comrade Trevor, and I don't want to be in that space. I need to have a conversation with him so that he understands my side of things; and I [can] also understand his side."