ANC ‘disgusted & embarrassed’ by Edward Zuma’s comments

Zuma refers to Derek Hanekom as 'an Afrikaner racist' and Pravin Gordhan as 'a corrupt white monopoly capital stooge.''

FILE: President Jacob Zuma's son, Edward Zuma. Picture: Twitter/@sayitasis99 .

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's disgusted, disappointed and embarrassed by Edward Zuma's comments about two senior members of the ruling party.

In an open letter, President Jacob Zuma's son referred to former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as “a stooge of white monopoly capital”.

He also described former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom as an "Afrikaner askari".

His race-baiting statements have been described by the Human Rights Commission as disturbing and offensive.

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says members should not be attacking one another through the media.

“Edward Zuma cannot assume him to be a super member of the ANC, he must respect the protocols of the organisation and he’s not the spokesperson for the province or a branch. His branch in KwaZulu-Natal must deal with that and we condemn it.”

'I STAND BY EVERY SENTENCE AND WORD'

In a response, Zuma's son said he is standing by the words of the open letter he wrote to Hanekom and Gordhan in which he calls them “a sell-out minority in the ANC.”

Zuma's letter was published by various media houses this week.

He said he would never change a single word in the letter.

“What is written in my letter, I stand by every sentence and word. And I mean it, I am not apologetic about it.”

About the SAHRC's decision to take action against him, Zuma said: “What freedom of expression have I violated because I was expressing my freedom of expression?”

Both Hanekom and Gordhan were fired by the president in March during his shock Cabinet reshuffle.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)