Mantashe: Sizani was tricked by journalists

ANC's General Gwede Mantashe says Stone Sizani must watch his words when dealing with the media.

Gwede Mantashe conducts a walk about through the Johannesburg CBD to encourage people to register to vote. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says former party chief whip Stone Sizani did not mean to say the ANC members want President Jacob Zuma to pay back a portion of the money spent upgrading his Nkandla home.

Mantashe was speaking at the Bree Taxi Rank in Johannesburg on Friday where he was conducting a walkabout to encourage commuters to register to vote this weekend.

There was mixed reaction with some excited to see the politician while others said they would not vote for his party.

Mantashe says he will speak to Sizani soon to watch his words when speaking to the media.

He says Sizani was misled to making comments he did not mean about the Nkandla saga.

"You tricked him into say things. Now he said things and he's in trouble now. Everybody wants to distance themselves. You never talk to the media haphazardly. They will trick you into trouble."

At the same time yesterday, Sizani said the report adopted by ANC MPs in Parliament had always said Zuma should repay some of the Nkandla money.

Mantashe however maintains Sizani was tricked by journalists.