Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association spokesperson Carl Niehaus has been served with a notice of suspension.

THE ANC has served Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association’s spokesperson Carl Niehaus with a notice of suspension.

Niehaus, who is employed in the office of the Secretary General Ace Magashule, has been given 48 hours to respond and give reasons why he should not be suspended on full pay, pending the outcome of a disciplinary action.  

Last week, Niehaus released a statement on his Facebook and Twitter accounts complaining about ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte for allegedly attacking him while he was recovering from a bout of COVID-19 pneumonia.

Neihaus wrote: “Comrade Jessie Duarte, saw it fit to attack me, and undermine my long history as a 42-year veteran of the ANC in good standing, as well as my elected position as an NEC member of MKMVA, and MKMVA National Spokesperson. This she did, knowing that when she was doing so, I was gravely ill.”

In a letter dated 19 January 2021 and signed by the ANC’s General Manager, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, the ruling party said Niehaus will face disciplinary action for his personal attack on Duarte.

“You have been advised, on more than one occasion, that your public statements and social media posts are unbecoming of someone working in this high office, which has the primary responsibility of driving and coordinating the work of all structures of the ANC,” the letter reads.

The ANC said he crossed all boundaries expected from an ANC employee.

“The personal attack on the ANC Deputy Secretary-General in this statement is a serious violation of the ANC Personnel Policy Manual. ANC staff members are expected to abide by the discipline of the organisation, and personal attacks by a member of staff on elected leadership – without even attempting to address the matter internally – is unprofessional, is not tolerated and is in violation of the Manual.”

In a document attached to the letter, Magashule wrote “I have observed, with concern, that you are involved in activities that create the impression that you act on instructions from me. I wish to distance myself from your remarks regarding the NEC of which I am a member.”



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