Integrity Committee for Gauteng ANC
Johannesburg - The ANC in Gauteng wants all party leaders in the province to declare their business interests, secretary David Makhura said on Monday.
"It's possible that your own leaders... can abuse their positions," he said at a media briefing at the provincial legislature.
"... we want to deal with this thing called corruption."
The ANC in Gauteng would establish an "Integrity Committee".
All leaders would declare their own interests, and that of their immediate families. A registry of all the interests declared would be kept by the committee.
The committee was the first of its kind and would extend from local level to provincial party leaders.
"There should be no chance... for public representatives to siphon state resources to enrich themselves."
The committee would be open to receiving information on the business interests of party leaders from ANC members and the general public.
It might also hand over information to relevant state authorities, Makhura said.
The composition of the committee had not yet been finalised but would be "made up of men and women of integrity".
The establishment of the committee was mooted at the province's 11th conference earlier this month. Gauteng's newly-elected provincial executive committee (PEC) met at the weekend and cemented the conference decision.
Makhura said allegations of corruption were often levelled at ANC members ahead of elective conferences.
"... people level allegations against people they don't agree with.
"Our leaders are slaughtered at the altar of the media and after conference, these things disappear."
The committee was, in part, an attempt to halt this practice, he said.
At the weekend gathering, the PEC reflected on the performance of its members deployed in government.
Makhura reiterated that it was not "business as usual" regarding service delivery, given the frequency of protests across South Africa's wealthiest province.
The provincial leadership would conduct a full assessment of the work of government, hauling in all its MECs and the premier to account for their performance, or lack thereof.
"There must be an explanation as to why things are not moving.
"Where the machine of government wheels have locked, it has got to be unlocked."
The provincial leadership would soon begin its assessment on the current administration's first year in office. Shortcomings would be identified and corrective action would be taken, Makhura warned.
Representing all South Africans
The PEC also decided to co-opt three new members into its ranks to cement the party's ties to workers, the Afrikaner community, and the Indian community.
Debbie Raphuti, serving trade unionist, and MPs Ismail Vadi and Gerhard Koornhof were co-opted into the PEC.
"The ANC is a non-racial organisation seeking to represent all South Africans," Gauteng party chairperson Paul Mashatile said.
In doing so the ANC itself should reflect South African society, he said.
"It is to show that the ANC is home to everyone."
Mashatile said this did not mean ANC leaders could not reach out to communities other than their own, but added: "No one will dispute that Dr Koornhof will do that better than me."