• All Share : 53921
    UP 0.37%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 47835.75
    UP 0.23%
    Financial 15 : 15404.5
    UP 0.29%
    Industrial 25 : 73003.78
    UP 0.19%
    Resource 10 : 31952.76
    UP 0.74%

  • ZAR/USD : 15.7283
    UP 1.37%
    ZAR/GBP : 22.853
    UP 0.58%
    ZAR/EUR : 17.4003
    UP 0.21%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1415
    UP 0.43%
    ZAR/AUD : 11.2486
    UP 0.45%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1212.8
    DOWN -0.55%
    Platinum US$/oz : 976
    DOWN -1.51%
    Silver US$/oz : 16.2
    DOWN -0.55%
    Palladium US$/oz : 536
    DOWN -1.11%
    Brent Crude : 49.48
    UP 0.04%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Sun May 29 17:26:58 SAST 2016

We aren't bullies, says ANC

Amukelani Chauke | 05 February, 2013 00:09
Gwede Mantashe. File photo.
Image by: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

The ANC says it wants an "honest and candid" relationship with business and does not want to be labelled a "bully" when it reacts to criticism.

Speaking to journalists yesterday at the party's national headquarters, Luthuli House, in Johannesburg, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the party wants an open relationship.

"That means the business sector must have a right to criticise us. But it can't be described as 'outburst' or 'bullying' when we express our view on that criticism," he said.

His statement follows the withdrawal of the First National Bank advertising campaign that the ANC deemed too harsh and critical of President Jacob Zuma's administration.

Mantashe said people should not have thin skins when the ANC responds to their criticism.

"When they take crude political positions they must be able to take a political response to those positions.

"But if you think you are going to stand on the mountain and throw stones, you are staying in glass houses, and when we throw stones back, you cry and say your stones are broken, then there is a mistake."

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.