Controversial Pule on ANC’s election list, former Cope MPs also back

2014-03-12 00:00

DISGRACED former communications minister Dina Pule will be back in Parliament after the elections, courtesy of the ANC’s democratic processes.

Pule is number 70 on the ANC’s national elections list, which secretary-general Gwede Mantashe handed to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) yesterday. If the ANC gets 60% of the national vote, the first 120 names on this list are guaranteed to go to the National Assembly, unless they are disqualified by the IEC.

The Public Protector last year found Pule had lied to Parliament and she had behaved unethically. Parliament’s ethics committee also found against Pule. In her time as minister, she had unduly interfered with the appointment of a service provider and wrongfully extended her spousal benefits to her romantic partner.

Mantashe said the Public Protector’s ruling on Pule was not a conviction in a court of law, and there was no law preventing her from going to Parliament.

He confirmed that fraud-accused John Block was on the ANC’s Northern Cape list but defended the choice by saying he had not been convicted in court.

Top of the ANC’s list is President Jacob Zuma and just below him is ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is expected to be appointed deputy president of the country after the May 7 elections.

Ministers Malusi Gigaba, Naledi Pandor, Jeff Radebe, Fikile Mbalula, Blade Nzimande, Bathabile Dlamini, Lindiwe Sisulu and Collins Chabane make up the rest of the ANC’s top 10 to Parliament.

Not on the list are long-serving minister Trevor Manuel, in cabinet since 1994, and current deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

Mantashe said this was because the two had declined nomination.

New on the list are Thoko Didiza (15), Zizi Kodwa (21), Jackson Mthembu (27), Lindiwe Zulu (36), Tito Mboweni (41), Pule Mabe (53), Senzeni Zokwana (59), Pallo Jordan (73), Lynne Brown (76), Fikile Majola (85), Mzwandile Masina (109) and Kebby Maphatsoe (115).

The ANC also managed to lure former Cope MPs Leonard Ramatlakane (who was an ANC MEC in the Western Cape before), Juli Kilian (formerly from the National Party) and Nick Koornhof, respectively to no 121, 126 and 129 on the list, which means they have a reasonable chance of representing the party in Parliament.

Mantashe said the ANC had taken care to vet candidates carefully and said he hoped no one had “slipped through the cracks”.

Political analysts said the ANC is not only trying to make space for South Africa’s new deputy president, but also to pour oil on economic waters and to reward Julius Malema’s opponents.

The anti-Zuma campaign by Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile seems to have caught up with him, as his name shines in its absence.

Mashatile was part of a faction who wanted to elect Motlanthe as the ANC’s leader at Mangaung.

Eleven deputy ministers also did not make it onto the list.

The economic grouping in the ANC appear in solid positions. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is in 13th place, former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni is 41st, Rob Davies (Trade and Industry) is 43rd and Ebrahim Patel (Economic Development) is 55th.

Professor Dirk Kotze, a political expert at Unisa, said, “Mboweni’s inclusion is an indication that he is on his way to cabinet and maybe an alternative as finance minister.”

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