ANC national executive member Derek Hanekom says he refuses to be silenced by the threat of being removed as chairperson of the ANC’s national disciplinary committee, or by any other intimidation. Hanekom said that to remain silent would be to “betray the purpose of the ANC”.The former minister of tourism was addressing a youth dialogue on state capture, hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.Following the eighth failed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, where ANC MPs had voted with the opposition, Hanekom was served with a letter from ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe calling for him to motivate why he should remain as chairperson of the disciplinary committee. The letter referred to tweets made ahead of the motion by Hanekom which read: “Dispel this notion of ‘voting with the opposition’. We must vote against state capture, massive looting and corruption. Vote for change.”“Secret ballot. No retribution because no one will know how you voted. But this must be a vote against state capture,” a second tweet from Hanekom read.Hanekom has been outspoken about state capture and the role of the Gupta family in meddling with affairs of the state. “The struggle is inside and outside the ANC. Those of us inside will not give up the fight,” Hanekom said yesterday."It is the people’s prerogative"Hanekom took shots at the president for failing to remove the likes of Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane, who was fingered for his role in the failed Vrede Dairy Project in the Free State during his time as an MEC there. R30m set aside for that project was allegedly used to fund a now infamous Gupta wedding.“The man who was responsible for the R30m that went to the lavish wedding, is still today a minister in Cabinet. The same man who says that he was not paid to go to Dubai. “If these people are retained in Cabinet then we have a serious problem where we have to stand up and say, ‘address that’."Because it is not you who chooses who serves in Cabinet, it is not me, he said, it is the people’s prerogative.“Well then exercise your prerogative responsibly and exercise that prerogative ethically and if you don’t exercise it ethically, we will oppose it in the ANC and outside the ANC. “We will not be intimidated by threats, letters or anything else,” Hanekom warned. “We will continue, because we believe not only in the ANC but we believe in our country. "We believe it is about the people, and the ANC should represent first and foremost the interests of the people.”Refusing to comment on the matter of the leaked disciplinary letter, Hanekom said that it should never have been made public and that it was a strictly internal matter within the ANC. He did, however, touch on the motion of no confidence.“I will say this much, and some people will firmly disagree with me. I believe that it was a secret ballot and people made certain choices. “I believe that those people who decided to side with the motion, did so because they thought it was the right thing to do. "We don’t know what individuals did and we should not know because it was a secret ballot. “I am not going to tell you what I did when I went into that ballot box, but I would like to believe that the 26 or 36 or whatever the number is [of ANC members who voted for the motion], did it because they thought it was the best thing [to do]. “Similarly, people like Mondli [Gungubele], like Pravin [Gordhan] have consistently said, ‘We do what we do as ANC members’."If something should change in the future, then it should change, but for now we are trying to restore an ANC that people will look up to. “That can be the ANC that brought the country to freedom, it can be the ANC of Ahmed Kathrada, of Chris Hani. The kind of ANC people held in high regard. "We would like to put our energies into rescuing the ANC from some of the wrong, building an ANC that people can look up to and will look up to.”Coming to the defence of his colleagues, Hanekom said that the likes of Pravin Gordhan, Makhosi Khoza and Mcebisi Jonas were people of high integrity.