ANC says sorry to Gordhan, Mchunu
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ANC says sorry to Gordhan, Mchunu

The African National Congress (ANC) has apologised to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the party’s head of organising Senzo Mchunu.

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This after the governing party sent out a statement on Wednesday, scolding Gordhan and Senzo Mchunu for remarks they purportedly made about black professionals.


In the statement the ANC distanced itself from Gordhan and Mchunu, who are both known allies of President Cyril Ramaphosa, and said Luthuli House would seek to engage with them.


Gordhan reacted to the statement by sending a letter to the ANC’s secretary general Ace Magashule , in which he described the allegations as "extremely offensive".


The ANC now admits that Gordhan and Mchunu’s remarks were taken out of context. 


“The ANC extends an unreserved apology to both Mchunu and Gordhan for its statement issued following these media reports. The ANC acknowledges the importance of constructive engagement with all professionals including black engineers and the Black Management Forum.


“The ANC believes that it is important to have such engagements on an ongoing basis in order to discuss issues of mutual interest and find a common ground.”


The party says it will meet with the black professionals in the coming weeks to try and find common ground and to discuss its election manifesto.


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