ANC not concerned about NCape: DA

By Drum Digital
17 April 2013

The ANC is more concerned about keeping its Northern Cape leader John Block in his position than in the public's demand for a clean provincial administration, the DA said on Wednesday.

"The ANC is a party of contradictions, where the common theme which opposition parties and the general public get from them is the notion of appearances versus reality," Democratic Alliance Northern Cape leader Andrew Louw said in a statement.

"The DA is of the view that when it comes to... John Block, and other senior leaders facing serious fraud and corruption charges, the ANC is choosing political expediency and obfuscation over principles and adherence to good governance."

On Tuesday, African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu said the party had not discussed Block's future following charges of fraud against him.

He also would not comment on how Block's position would be affected by a resolution by the ANC's Mangaung conference on members facing serious criminal charges.

At the conference last year, the African National Congress resolved that any of its members found guilty of wrongdoing in other institutions of society would be subjected to internal disciplinary processes.

"This will send an unambiguous message in society that the ANC does not tolerate any wrongdoing, including corruption, among its members," the party resolved.

Mthembu said a team was looking into the issue of whether the resolution could be applied to ANC members who were charged or found guilty before December.

Block appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. The case was postponed to January 31.

Block, Gaston Savoi, Fernando Praderi, Patrick Lenyibi, Frank Mashilo, and Nandipha Madiba are charged with fraud, corruption, and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act.

Louw said Mthembu's comments were testament to how the ANC "will choose to rather fudge the issue of good governance and the fight against corruption".

"Instead of stating very clearly in words and action how they'll clean up the Northern Cape provincial administration, they disappoint the public by offering empty rhetoric," he said.

-by Sapa

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