Pallo Jordan fights hard for Turok

2012-05-07 00:00

ANC veteran Pallo Jordan whipped the party into postponing a national disciplinary committee hearing against its MP Ben Turok, saying its action against the veteran was wrong.

Jordan told the ANC’s national disciplinary committee that Turok was 85 years old and the forum was the wrong one.

Although Jordan did not get the ANC to withdraw the charges, his strong words and personal clout have placed it between a rock and a hard place.

The committee, chaired by Derek Hanekom, postponed the hearing.

Jordan, who is representing Turok as well as KZN MP Gloria Borman at the hearing, confirmed he said the disciplinary action should not go ahead,

He declined to comment further.

Jordan sits on the party’s national executive and working committees.

The ANC planned to haul Turok and Borman before a disciplinary committee for refusing to vote in favour of the controversial Protection of State Information Bill last year. Turok walked out before voting started, while Borman chose to abstain.

Two sources – a Luthuli House insider and a government official with close ties to the ANC headquarters – confirmed that Jordan reprimanded the committee for its decision to discipline Turok.

“There’s no appetite at Luthuli House or at the disciplinary committee to take this forward, but the parliamentary caucus panel, which laid the complaint, is baying for Ben’s blood.”

A government official said an angry Jordan did not mince his words when he defended Turok.

“He told them this 85-year-old man is not going to be taken through their kangaroo court,” said the source.

“He said they must find a political solution.”

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