Mbeki confident NEC will reconsider party lists following integrity committee report

2019-04-23 20:37
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Former ANC president Thabo Mbeki. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) will be forced to respond to the integrity committee on its report of the party's national and provincial lists, former ANC president Thabo Mbeki said.

Mbeki, who endorsed incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa, was speaking to journalists during a visit to the ANC's stand at the Rand Show in Nasrec in Johannesburg. 

He said the party had acknowledged its past mistakes as clearly shown in its 2019 manifesto document.

"It's got a section which talks about [how] the ANC has made many mistakes, that it has also veered off course and talks about the consequences of that, which includes: corruption, loss of integrity, lawlessness. It was very important that the ANC should say... to the people of SA that we recognise these things." 

Mbeki said the party elders were correct to raise their concerns over the party's controversial list. Adding to this, Mbeki endorsed the party's decision to hand over its national and provincial lists to the committee saying that its views on the lists would not remain secret. 

"If the committee says that we don't think Mbeki is fit and proper to represent the ANC in Parliament, that is a statement of the committee to the national executive of the ANC. It is actually a statement to the South African people.

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"We need to wait to see what happens. Even on the point of the leadership of the ANC, the matter of that list is not finished because certainly the NEC, having asked committee to look at the matter, has to respond to what the committee would have said," the former president said. He added the the ANC was acting consistently.

The committee concluded its report two weeks ago and handed it over to the top six, its chair George Mashamba told News24 earlier. 

City Press reported that some of the names flagged on the report included party deputy president David Mabuza and chair Gwede Mantashe. 

NEC members aligned to Ramaphosa who spoke to News24 shortly after the City Press report said it was unlikely that the  the report would be adopted. 

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