New graft rule holds threat of expulsion

2012-12-21 00:00

ANC members who are public officials and are found guilty in a court of law of financial misconduct involving fraud, corruption, money laundering, racketeering or theft will immediately be expelled from the party, delegates at the party’s conference in Mangaung were told.

This was one of a number of constitutional amendments that the ANC has adopted and will apply with immediate effect, said Collins Chabane, chairperson of the constitutional amendments commission. This means that members such as Northern Cape chairperson John Block, who faces charges of corruption, is likely to be expelled from the party if found guilty.

Any member who is suspended as a government official over allegations of financial transgressions will face a disciplinary hearing of the ANC to determine whether the member’s employment contract should be terminated.

Chabane said the ANC would not have to wait for the outcome of investigations, conducted within departments, to act against members.

The decision is likely to be welcomed by labour federation and alliance partner Cosatu, which has been calling for public officials to resign while they face charges relating to corruption.

Another amendment that was adopted is that members of the ANC can take the party to court at any time, but they must first have exhausted all internal processes. Members may also be temporarily suspended from the ANC if they are suspended from the public service.

Chabane said the ANC decided to allow members to take it to court “because there is a feeling that when members take us to court, it is because they feel frustrated by internal processes”.

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