ANC: Godsell isn't a racist

ANC: Godsell isn't a racist

2009-11-10 18:48

Cape Town - Deputy transport minister Jeremy Cronin insisted in the National Assembly on Tuesday that the ANC does not have any grounds for regarding Bobby Godsell as a racist.

The deputy minister quoted ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe as "condemning in very, very firm terms - in fact he described it as the lowest level of rationality if I heard him correctly - any attempt to ascribe race to the problems involved in the board and the executive of Eskom".

The question had been raised in a members' statement from Papi Kganare from the Congress of the People, who pointed out that the racial slurs against Godsell had been rejected by the National Union of Mineworkers who defended his non-racial credentials.

Kganare accused the government of interfering in the governance of Eskom. He said that statements that Jacob Maroga, the chief executive, had not resigned "left an indelible impression of unacceptable interference by the governing party in the affairs of the parastatal".

He said it looks as though the board of Eskom was overruled by the government - "possibly by the president himself".

- I-Net Bridge