Presidency responds to calls for Manyi’s resignation
Just after I posted on the debate over equity law changes last night, the Presidency (@PresidencyZA) tweeted a press release from the office of Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, in response to calls for Jimmy Manyi’s resignation, following “statements he made last year which had implications on the country’s race relations”.
The statement reads:
“Mr Manyi has since apologised for his statements and for the offence they have caused.
Mr Jimmy Manyi remains the Cabinet Spokesperson and the Chief Executive Officer of GCIS, and continues to execute his responsibilities. The Minister further expresses confidence in the ability of Mr Manyi to execute his duties.
The Minister would like to state that Mr Manyi in executing his duties has a responsibility to represent the views and decisions of government and not that of his own. He will continue to receive the support of the ministry and should be given an opportunity to prove himself in his new role.” (full statement here)
This morning’s Cape Times headlines accordingly read, “Government Backs Manyi”. Incidentally, if you are on twitter and are interested my new online forays, follow me on @opinionkate!