He had cussed ‘msunu ka nyoko’ at the reporter.
One of the powerful politicians of the African National Congress in the Mpumalanga province met and apologised to City Press journalist Sizwe Sama Yende after calling him ‘msunu ka nyoko’.
This information is contained in Sama Yende’s newly published book called ‘Eerie Assignment’.
‘Msunu ka nyoko’ means ‘your mother’s genitals’.
Sama Yende said he was interviewing ANC provincial executive member Sibusiso Sgudla in 2011 about allegations that he used his powers as PEC member to influence the employment of unqualified individuals including one woman who was allegedly his girlfriend.
He said Sgudla, who resides in Ermelo, was breathing heavily on the phone, threatening that if Sama Yende ever wrote and published an article that Sgudla was sleeping with the woman in exchange for the job he’d get him, adding ‘msunu ka nyoko’!
This was during the time of violent protests in Ermelo which were fuelled by the political fight between Sgudla and Bongani Phakathi.
“Sgudla and I had a history from his days as a marketing manager in the Govan Mbeki local municipality in Secunda,” Sama Yende wrote in Eerie Assignment.
“I reported serially around 2002 and 2003 that he was alleged to be complicit in fraud and he obviously took offence and viewed this as a personal attack,” said Same Yende.
“I met Sgudla in person for the first time in 2015. We shook hands and he apologised for insulting me by my mother’s cunt,” wrote Sama Yende.
Eerie Assingment hit the book-shelves at the end of May 2017.
With an outer cover of the Mbombela stadium while under construction, the memoir details Sama Yende’s life being an investigative journalist under the leadership of Premier David Mabuza.
The 21-chapter memoir speaks of the division, infighting, corruption, purging of comrades and assassinations of whistleblowers that have taken place since Mabuza took power in 2008 and the intimidations and buying of journalists to drop stories exposing the corruption of politicians in Mabuza’s circles.
Sama Yende said he had been called all sorts of names, asked to take money to drop stories and even had his life threatened.
He said he started writing Eerie Assignment in 2014, the year Sunday Times investigative journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika released Nothing Left to Steal.
He said he was inspired – by Wa Afrika’s Nothing Left to Steal – to sit down and write his own in the war of exposing corruption.
Writing a foreword in Eerie Assignment, Wa Afrika said: “Just hours after I agreed, under duress of course, to pen the foreword to his book, Sizwe emailed it to me and I spent the whole night reading it”.
“I was spooked, shocked and stunned, the book brought back the nightmares I have been trying very hard to forget, the pain we endured, the public humiliation we faced and the malicious propaganda we survived,” he wrote.
“This book might not be a masterpiece from your favourite author but it will blow your mind and force you to wake up and smell the coffee,” said Wa Africa.
(edited by ZK)
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