Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
11 Sep 2021
4:50 am

ANC’s blunder could let Carl Niehaus off the hook – expert

Eric Naki

The Luthuli House bosses could not wait to get rid of a 'rebel' who had become a thorn on the side of ANC top brass.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 29: Former political prisoner, ANC spokesperson and MP Carl Niehaus talks about white monopoly capital during an interview at Zimbali golf estate on July 29, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. During the interview, Niehaus said he has deliberately been keeping "below the radar" - until recently, that is, when he surfaced on ANN7, the Gupta propaganda TV channel. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Jackie Clausen)

When 20th century French dramatist Jean Anouilh crafted his famous quote “Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law”, he couldn’t have had the ANC in mind. From a labour law point of view, the dismissal of uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesperson Carl Niehaus by the ANC is not only unprocedural and unfair, it is also illegal. Niehaus, in his wisdom, is also correct to call it “draconian” as well. The ANC has an option to use its disciplinary code of conduct to deal with Niehaus by charging him with...