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Vol 37 No 13

Published 21st June 1996

South Africa

Too much truth 

Leftists and rightists are joining forces to attack two ANC ministers who refuse to go 

Two public attacks on African National Congress ministers have pushed the government onto the defensive and raised serious questions about its accountability. Much of the force behind the attacks on Health Minister Nkosazana Zuma and Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau came from the ANC's own supporters, although the complaints were enthusiastically taken up by the smaller parties and the press. Zuma was pilloried for using Rand 14.2 million (US$3.3 mn.) of European Union funds for an anti- AIDS drama by local playwright Mbongeni Ngema without informing the EU. Sigcau's receipt of R50,000 from former Transkei homeland Premier George Matanzima in 1988 was questioned by the Deputy Minister for the Environment, Bantubonke Holomisa, in a submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Instead of investigating the claims against Sigcau (which it says was alread done by the Alexander Commission), the ANC is to haul Holomisa before its disciplinary committee for bringing the party into disrepute. It was, Winnie Mandela's Women's League said, a case of 'too much truth'.

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