Niehaus: ANC threat to terminate my employment is illegal

The party is unhappy with the outspoken Niehaus over a press release that he sent inviting journalists to witness him pressing charges of theft against the ANC’s top brass. Officials had given him until 4pm on Thursday afternoon to explain why he should not be dismissed.

FILE: Former MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus addresses the crowd outside the state capture commission on 19 July 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Carl Niehaus is calling the African National Congress (ANC)'s bluff on its threat to terminate his employment on Thursday, claiming that it is illegal.

In a statement, Niehaus also accuses the ANC of giving him a two-and-a-half-hours' notice, describing this as draconian, unreasonable and contrary to the country’s laws of natural justice.

The party is unhappy with the outspoken Niehaus over a press release that he sent inviting journalists to witness him pressing charges of theft against the ANC’s top brass.

Officials had given him until 4pm on Thursday afternoon to explain why he should not be dismissed.

Niehaus is already on suspension following some of the utterances he made outside former President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home in the lead-up to his arrest.

Niehaus also did not deny penning and issuing the statement, as well as the subsequent retraction of it, but defended this as a right he has as a South African citizen.

The embattled party member further claims that the ANC is attempting to intimidate staffers against taking similar action in the future.

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