Suspended African National Congress (ANC) member and spokesperson for the disbanded uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), Carl Niehaus, says the party is intimidating staff members who have taken a stand over the non-payment of salaries.
Niehaus said this after laying charges of fraud and corruption against the ANC top brass. He was fired by the ANC last week after he issued a statement stating his intention to lay charges against the ANC top officials.
On Wednesday outside the Johannesburg Central Police Station Niehaus said his actions are not a political stunt.
“There is no need for me to use this labour matter for political ends, I’m very capable of expressing my political views as all of you know. This is simply and singly a staff matter,” he said.
On why the court papers do not mention suspended ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, as one of respondents as he's one of the top six, Niehaus had this to say:
“As you know the Secretary General of the ANC was [suspended] through what we considered spurious stepping aside action. As you also know there has been engagements with national office bearers on this matter during this period he was suspended,” he said.
He added that the matter rests with the current top five because they have taken administrative responsibility to suspend Magashule.
Niehaus has dismissed reports that he did not have a job description at the ANC.
“I will tell you that my job title is manager: special projects in the Office of the Secretary General as far is my job description is concerned. I’ve never heard of anyone who reveals his job description in a public domain, that is a matter of myself and my employer,” he said.
He claimed that he is representing other ANC staff members, but they were nowhere to be seen at the police station on Wednesday.
Police were yet to comment on the matter at the time of publishing the story.