Sisulu: ANC’s ‘War Room’ was not a ‘black-ops’ unit
Shaka Sisulu also says that claims that R50 million was being spent on the unit are untrue.
JOHANNESBURG - The man believed to be a driving force behind what's been claimed to be a covert African National Congress (ANC) unit running a “War Room” to create fake tweets and retweets, and fake opposition election posters for the ruling party has now denied that it was a “black-ops” unit.
Shaka Sisulu also says claims that R50 million was being spent on the unit are untrue.
On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Sihle Bolani's application to recover money she says she's owed for working in the unit was not urgent, while the ANC has denied running such a unit.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Sisulu says the reports are false and exaggerated, and that he doesn't possess the skill or the knowledge to take part in such a "black-ops" unit.
My statement; I'll be doing a video interview with a journalist later today and will share that here too.— Shaka Sisulu (@ShakaSisulu) January 25, 2017
Thank you pic.twitter.com/VRPZNPm3Tn
But Sisulu has refused numerous requests for interviews, saying he will only do an interview with a video journalist.
It's not clear if he’ll actually answer questions about what the unit was doing, whether people were being paid for tweets and if he was trying to influence Twitter conversations.
Meanwhile, political analyst Ralph Matekga says it's also possible that Luthuli House was also taken advantage of here.
“Maybe those who wanted to orchestrate this campaign realised that the party is vulnerable going into the 2016 local government election and might have actually taken advantage of a party that’s losing control (sic).”
There’s also no comment on Wednesday afternoon from ANC general manager Ignatius Jacobs, who signed a legal document offering Bolani nearly a million rand for the work she did.
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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)