LUTHULI HOUSE, JOHANNESBURG — The African National Congress today issued a blanket statement denying all past and future statements issued by the African National Congress, in order to prevent repeated retractions, denials, and corrections of media statements made by the organisation.
In the landmark statement, issued by the Press Office of the ANC, media spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the statement had been prompted by recent reports that the ANC would be selling its 25% stake in Hitachi Power Africa, a Japanese-based multinational specialising in the manufacture of pop-up toasters, miniature hi-fi systems, and coal-fired electric power stations in Mpumalanga.
Mthembu went on to categorically deny that the ANC would stand to make a profit of up to R1-billion from its investment in Hitachi Power Africa.
“The truth of the matter,” said Mthembu, “is that the ANC will sit to make a profit of up to R1-billion from its investment in Hitachi Power Africa. We will not stand for anything less. We call on the media to report with fairness and accuracy on matters of national importance, so that we can formally deny their reports in the newspaper the following day.”
Mthembu added that the ANC’s new blanket-denial policy was not aimed at curbing freedom of the Press, a right enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the South African Constitution.
“In fact, it will make your job easier, because it will allow you to print denials of our statements before we have even issued them,” said Mthembu, who went on to deny that he was Jackson Mthembu, or that he was speaking from his cellphone from the holding cell of a nearby police station.
He then sang two verses and a chorus of “Shoot the Boer”, which he denied was about shooting Boers, before going on to deny that he knew anyone named Julius Malema, who he denied had been spoken to in a disapproving manner, directly or indirectly, by anyone associated with the ANC or the Government.
Mthembu’s statement is expected to be denied by ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe in a separate blanket statement tomorrow.