Former MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus has announced he is availing himself to serve on the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC), after being approached by several party branches.
Niehaus confirmed his willingness to once again sit on the ANC’s highest decision-making body in a lengthy statement he issued via his Twitter account on Sunday morning, 18 September 2022.
“Thus I confirm with all humility and greatness that I am prepared to accept the calls, and branch nominations for me to serve on the ANC NEC, in any capacity that my fellow comrades wish to nominate me for. I do so on the basis of my well-known, and outspoken, commitment to the full liberation of black, especially African South Africans, and the implementation of Radical Economic Transformation (RET) as the official economic policy of the ANC,” Niehaus said.
CARL NIEHAUS: ‘I’M NOT SUSPENDED’
The ANC suspended Carl Niehaus in July 2021, for remarks he made outside former president Jacob Zuma‘s Nkandla home. At the time, the late Jessie Duarte said Niehaus had brought the party into disrepute.
A suspension would meant that Niehaus can’t take part in ANY party activities, but he insists he remains a member. He says reports that he has been suspended are merely lies being perpetuated by the media.
“These are malicious Stratcom propaganda being told by sell out agents of White Monopoly Capital (WMC), who fear my strong and uncompromising revolutionary views. The truth is that I am an ANC veteran, with 43 years of uninterrupted service in good standing, and I am fully eligible to serve on any organisational structure of the ANC, including the ANC NEC,” he said.
Niehaus has been at loggerheads with the ANC NEC, particularly after former president Jacob Zuma’s arrest.
“The NEC has noted with concern your inflammatory speeches made outside the home of former president Jacob Zuma at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend of 2 to 4 July 2021 and which were broadcast live on national television and has come to the conclusion that such utterances brought the ANC into disrepute,” Duarte said at the time.
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