ANC challenged over Jansen threat
By Kim Saulse
28 October 2009
The South African Institute of Race Relations has written an open letter to African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe regarding threats to the institute’s president and rector of the University of the Free State Jonathan Jansen.
The institute’s Frans Cronjé refers to an incident in which Free State ANC Youth League leader Thebe Meeko reportedly said Jansen should be shot and killed.
The institute wants to know whether the ANC national executive committee agrees with the Youth League’s alleged encouragement to murder.
Meanwhile Meeko insists that he was misquoted and says he doesn’t want Jansen dead. According to reports he still maintains that, as he put it, "the racism shown by Jansen must be killed".
Meeko was referring to Jansen’s decision to pardon the students who had made a racist video in which university workers were humiliated.
The Democratic Alliance has laid various charges against Meeko, but he accuses the DA of over-reacting.