On Thursday, the ANC distanced itself from an apology made by the party’s former spokesperson, Carl Niehaus, during a land imbizo called by Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini in KwaZulu-Natal. At the gathering on Wednesday‚ Niehaus apologised to the monarch on behalf of the ANC‚ and lashed out at those he said sought to interfere in the management of the Ingonyama Trust. "Carl Niehaus has got no such mandate. He is an Mkhonto weSizwe (MKMVA) spokesperson. The ANC will speak for itself. The ANC did not mandate him to go and speak on its behalf and go and apologise," ANC elections head Fikile Mbalula said. "This thing of people speaking as if they are mandated by the organisation must come to an end." Mbalula was fielding questions ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s two-day visit to KwaZulu-Natal for the roll-out of the Thuma Mina campaign. The visit comes amid tensions relating to expropriation of land without compensation‚ particularly as it relates to Ingonyama Trust. Under current le...

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