ANC slams Ramphele's 'show-off stunt'

Johannesburg - The ANC has criticised AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele for asking President Jacob Zuma to reveal details about his personal wealth, describing her challenge as a "show-off stunt".

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement on Thursday the ANC had noted Ramphele's "uninformed remarks" which did not assist the poor or the fight against corruption.

"These remarks by Dr Ramphele are not only nothing new but are clearly based on ignorance of the legal framework created and implemented by our democratic dispensation."

'Politics of personality'

Mthembu said the ANC was committed to transparency and accountability amongst its public representatives, and all members of Parliament are compelled to annually declare their benefits.

"The South African people are faced with critical challenges, chief amongst them being poverty, unemployment and inequality. These challenges require dedicated men and women to commit themselves to work to eradicate these daily realities facing the majority of South Africans, not politics of personality and flaunting one's personal wealth in the face of our people.

"Together with South Africans, the ANC has been part of a progressive body of opinion in our society that believes in the need to inculcate values of humility and service amongst our people; discouraging the so-called Izikhothane tendencies as demonstrated yesterday. The solutions to the challenges facing our country will not come from misguided populism but a dedication to the task at hand to build a better life for all," Mthembu said.

Izikhothane (Zulu for "those who lick") tendencies refers to youths who flaunt their wealth, burning clothes and cash.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said late on Wednesday that Zuma disclosed his personal financial details to Cabinet annually, in terms of the Constitution and the Executive Members Ethics Act, 1998.

Ramphele on Wednesday claimed that Zuma had avoided disclosing his financial details.

"I call upon President Zuma to publish his accounts immediately. What is there to hide? South Africans deserve a president that sets a good example for the rest of the country to follow.

"President Zuma has used a convenient technicality to side-step this requirement. From his inauguration... the president has dodged the issue for over 1 565 days to date. With each passing day suspicion about his integrity mounts," she said.

 
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