ANC to purge rogues

2014-01-26 10:00

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Committee to advise which names should be removed from lists

Corrupt and rogue candidates who make it on to the ANC’s election lists for Parliament and legislatures could for the first time be purged by the ANC’s integrity committee.

ANC elections head Malusi Gigaba told City Press yesterday that the committee, chaired by former Rivonia Trialist and party veteran Andrew Mlangeni, would look at the lists compiled at the party’s list conference taking place in Pretoria tomorrow.

He said reports about the names on the lists that would be submitted to the list conference were premature ­because they only represented a “wish list” from branches.

“The list conference has the final say, and the integrity committee could actually recommend that some candidates could be pulled off the list for this and that valid reason,” he said.

The integrity committee was established last March after a resolution made at the Mangaung conference to protect the party’s image when action was taken against its representatives for improper conduct.

In its manifesto, the party promises to axe its public representatives should they be found guilty of corruption.

Corruption was discussed at the party’s national executive committee meeting on Friday.

Speaking to City Press, general-secretary Gwede Mantashe said he was unhappy that the ANC’s achievements on the fight against corruption were not being highlighted.

“The ANC is going to be tough on corruption. It has always been hard. There are many people who have actually been removed from many serious positions, but every time there’s an ­allegation, what goes to the public is that the ANC does nothing about corruption,” he said.

Mantashe said that ANC members who had been found guilty in court of fraud or corruption and sentenced to 12 months in prison would automatically be removed from the party lists.

Some ANC leaders who have faced corruption allegations – including Tony Yengeni, Dina Pule, Pule Mabe, Humphrey Mmemezi and John Block – have made it to the party’s list for Parliament and provincial legislatures.

Meanwhile, early premier candidates have emerged from the lists.

In Eastern Cape, Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August heads the provincial list, but provincial chair Phumulo Masualle and local government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyana are ­also in the running for premier. Current premier Noxolo Kiviet features lower on the list.

In the Free State, party strongman Ace Magashule is expected to return, but Nomsebenzi Zwane and Sisi Ntombela also feature in the top three.

In Gauteng, provincial ANC secretary David Makhura is the favourite for premier, and provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile is third. The dark horse for premiership is Education MEC Barbara Creecy at number two.

In the Western Cape, the only premier candidate is provincial chair and Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman. However, the party’s current polls show that it is ­unlikely to take the province, with the ANC scoring 38% and the governing DA 44%.

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza is set to retain his position after ANC branches placed him top of the province-to-province list.

In KwaZulu-Natal, premier and provincial chairman Senzo Mchunu, education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni and transport MEC Willies Mchunu are in the running. – Carien du Plessis, Xolani Mbanjwa, Sabelo Ndlangisa, Paddy Harper and Sizwe sama Yende

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