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Shaka Sisulu responds to covert ANC election campaign claims

Sisulu has described the reports that he spearheaded a covert ANC unit aimed at discrediting the opposition as inherently false.

Shaka Sisulu seen on the set of TSA. Picture: Instagram/@shakasisulu.

JOHANNESBURG - Shaka Sisulu has released a statement on Wednesday afternoon, responding to recent reports that he had spearheaded a covert African National Congress (ANC) unit aimed at discrediting the opposition, describing the reports as inherently false and exaggerated.

He says he’s troubled by the allegations revealed in court papers this week, but is certain he could dispel them if he were to represent himself in the matter.

He also says he’s saddened that the claims are being used to tarnish his family's name.

Political analyst Ralph Matshekga says even though the ANC has distanced itself from the report, there may be some members who are aware.

“My view is that the ANC is in a position that it’s even vulnerable to racketeering groups that emerge within itself. Depending on how this thing pans out, one might end up with a situation where a few individuals, who are members of the ANC, just saw an opportunity and then they decided to come up with projects and extract that R50 million.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)