Gauteng ANC chairperson and education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has responded to AfriForum's R500,000 lawsuit over an alleged racism claim, saying the group is obsessed with him.
The lobby group is reportedly suing the MEC for allegedly calling it a “racist” during an interview last month after his election as ANC chairperson in Gauteng.
The group said Lesufi has until Friday to pay up the money or he will need to defend his comments in court.
“Your obsession with my name is shocking,” said Lesufi, responding to a report about the alleged demands.
In a recent interview on SABC News, Lesufi said he hates racism.
“Racists are mindless, useless and selfish. We must not tolerate racists. AfriForum and many other organisations that are coming to our country to represent a certain race in a certain language must not be tolerated,” he said.