AS IT HAPPENED | Derek Hanekom's fate, support for the Public Protector's office & a deputy minister takes ill - ANC post-NEC briefing navigates hot political topics

2019-07-30 11:44

The ANC has briefed the media on the outcomes of the NEC's meeting over the weekend, where the party's top leadership met to discuss a range of matters including the controversy around Derek Hanekom and Jacob Zuma's explosive state capture inquiry testimony.

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30 Jul 15:02

That's it for today's briefing. The major take-outs:

- The allegations against Derek Hanekom have been referred to officials for "processing".

- The ANC Youth League's NEC has been dissolved and a task team has been established. It will include former youth league leaders Lulu Johnson, Malusi Gigaba, Fikile Mbalula and Collen Maine.

- A task team has also been established to address problems in the North West. Former premier Supra Mahumapelo will also be a part of the body.

- The NEC didn't discuss former president Jacob Zuma's spy claims against Ngoako Ramathlodi and Siphiwe Nyanda.

- The NEC supports the office of the Public Protector, and it didn't discuss whether its caucus in Parliament will or won't take action against Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Cheers!


30 Jul 14:53
Jessie Duarte: When the Public Protector does go to Parliament we would also wish to hear her side of the story ... We would like to be able to understand what her position is and where she's coming from. I think in all of this, we are still saying we support the office of the Public Protector and will continue to do.

30 Jul 14:49
Duarte on whether the ANC leadership will instruct parliamentary caucus to take action against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane: "We've not discussed that matter at all. We've not taken a view as to whether we'll ask the Public Protector to step down. That's been the narrative in the media at the moment. Our primary focus is can we allow the law to take its course, can we allow the issues that are playing themselves in the courts to take root. When people make submissions they make submissions in defence of themselves. I think that's natural and normal. We shouldn't make it sounds like it's an abnormal thing."

30 Jul 14:39
Jessie Duarte: Our take is that when the Public Protector makes a finding against a person, that person has a right to review those findings. And there's a particular process in this country and has for the last 20 years. The president ... a finding has been made ... he responded by taking it on review. Similarly, with the issues of minister Pravin Gordhan - it's taken on review. The questions of the court finding is that the Public Protector's findings cannot be implemented while there is a review process in place. When we discussed it that's how we looked at it.

30 Jul 14:30
On the Public Protector, the ANC's post-NEC meeting statement reads: "The NEC noted the various recent reports of the Public Protector affecting some of its leaders and the fact that these have been taken on judicial review. The meeting affirmed its principled support for the Office of Public Protector, other Chapter 9 institutions and the judiciary."

30 Jul 14:18

Deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte says they aware that deputy minister S'dumo Dlamini has taken ill but they are not aware of what is wrong with him.

"We wish comrade S'dumo Dlamini a speedy recovery ... The family has not informed us of the suspicion of poisoning. We're in touch with Mrs Dlamini almost daily. We do speak to her to get updates. We are worried about him. He isn't doing very well."


30 Jul 14:00
On Derek Hanekom's matter, Magashule says: "We are saying we have referred ... this is a resolution by the ANC national executive committee ... we refer this matter to officials for processing. Every agenda, every item we have discussed, when we go to the national executive committee we take things we have processed, not something that happens and then we put it on the agenda without having been processed by the officials of the ANC, the national working committee. So when we take reports on any matter to the national executive committee, we start with officials, national working committee; [so] when you go [to the NEC meeting] you go there with recommendations of a collective - not recommendations of SG, not recommendations of DSG."

30 Jul 13:49
"Our position on the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank has not changed. If you talk about sovereignty of that bank belonging to the people it's one and the same thing. So we have said that we are going to implement our decisions of Nasrec and as we do so all the decisions which must be implemented must be implemented in a responsible way. We are not like an opposition party, we are governing the country and therefore we have to be responsible. And that's why we are discouraging the public spats," says Magashule.

30 Jul 13:43

Magashule is answering questions from the journalists at the briefing.

He starts by addressing the issue of ANC officials and NEC members leaking to the media. He suggests the ANC's leadership will approach the Press Ombudsman where media state as fact matters which occur in ANC meeting from information gleaned from soruces.


30 Jul 13:40

30 Jul 13:39

Magashule "throws shade" as he finishes his reading of the statement, saying "So there wasn't any muzzling of the secretary general in the NEC. I just decided not to have a [door stop interview] and I'm sure that's a practice that will be a good practice for the future."

Note: Weekend reports claimed Magashule had been muzzled by the party's leadership following a series of controversial public appearances and statements.


30 Jul 13:33

30 Jul 13:31

30 Jul 13:29

Note: It's interesting that Magashule refers to "allegations" against Hanekom. Less than a week ago this was a man he called a "charlatan" and "wedge driver".

Has he changed his mind since last Wednesday?


30 Jul 13:27
On Derek Hanekom, the ANC's statement, as read out by Magashule, simply reads: "The issue of allegations against Cde Derek Hanekom was also raised in the meeting. The NEC referred the matter to Officials for processing."

30 Jul 13:25

Some of those who will sit on the youth league's task team include former YL leaders Lulu Johnson, Malusi Gigaba, Fikile Mbalula and Collen Maine.

The task team will be headed by Thandi Mahambehlala.


30 Jul 13:21

Ace Magashule announces that a decision was taken that the ANC Youth League's NEC be dissolved.

The statement reads: "Since its mandate has come to an end, the NEC dissolved the ANC Youth League NEC, and appointed a National Youth Task Team to oversee the process of rebuilding of the ANCYL,of implementing a programme of action, working with the Progressive Youth Alliance and other youth formations, and organise a successful National Congress of the ANCYL by not later than 31 January 2020."


30 Jul 13:10

Magashule: The NEC recognised that there is certain persistent behaviour, particularly at leadership levels, which undermines [the renewal] programme. These include factionalism, untested and wild allegations, use of social media to attack each other and policy positions of the ANC, leaks to the media and taking the organisation to court without exhausting internal processes.

Note: It's ironic that the SG is the one to read this part of the statement out.


30 Jul 13:05
Magashule: The NEC had extensive discussions on strengthening the organisation, accelerating renewal and unit, and building collective leadership so that the movement becomes a more effective instrument for radical socio-economic transformation and uniting and serving the people and the entire country.

30 Jul 13:01

30 Jul 13:00

Magashule says the state of local government remains a serious concerns and announces that the NEC will convene a special two-day meeting to "pay attention to this critical sphere of government and improving the delivery of effective and affordable basic service".

Note: This shows how important local government is, with a municipal election less than two years away. The ANC lost control of three key metros during the last local government elections in 2016 - the City of Johannesburg, the City of Tshwane and the Nelson Mandela Bay council.


30 Jul 12:56

30 Jul 12:55

The secretary general says the NEC further noted and supported the process by government to deal with the matter of e-tolls so that it's resolved amicably and speedily.

NOTE: The matter of e-tolls has seen the ANC's leaders pitted against each other, with some - like Gauteng Premier David Makhura - in favour of scrapping the tolling system, while others - most notably Finance Minister Tito Mboweni - arguing the fiscus can't afford it.


30 Jul 12:53
Magashule says the NEC welcomes government to assist Eskom by granting it R59 billion in funding.

30 Jul 12:50

This one is likely to get people talking.



30 Jul 12:49

30 Jul 12:48
Magashule: The NEC also received an update on the implementation of the economic stimulus and recovery plan, including targets set by government in 2018.

30 Jul 12:46

Magashule: [Unemployment] continues to be the single most important challenge facing our nation.

Note: Stats SA released the latest unemployment figures just over an hour ago.


30 Jul 12:44
Ace Magashule: The NEC meeting set out the overarching priorities for this term of governance based on the ANC manifesto & conference resolutions - building on and learning lessons from the first 25 years of democracy.

30 Jul 12:41
It's 12:40pm. Forty minutes after the briefing was due to start. The SG has arrived.

30 Jul 12:00

Zuma at state capture

An NEC insider said the NEC was expected to discuss Zuma's state capture inquiry testimony at the meeting over the weekend.

"Comrade Zuma needs to share how he could have known that we have spied within our ranks and chose to ignore it. These reckless statements need to be addressed by the NEC," the source said. 

Zuma made several startling claims before the Zondo commission, including that ANC officials had worked with foreign and apartheid intelligence operatives to get rid of him. He also claimed that senior ANC officials, Ngoako Ramathlodi and Siphiwe Nyanda, were spies who worked with the apartheid government.

Soon after, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) and ANC secretary general Ace Magashule said Zuma's allegations were serious and needed to be probed.


30 Jul 12:00

Hanekom a 'known enemy agent' - Zuma

Former president Jacob Zuma has also joined in on the ANC's attack on national executive committee member Derek Hanekom over claims that Hanekom worked with the EFF to oust him as president.

In a tweet on Thursday morning, Zuma said Hanekom was a "known enemy agent". 

He was the third party member, who was part of Zuma's executive, to be called an enemy agent or spy.


30 Jul 12:00

ANC veterans slam Magashule, call on the party to defend Hanekom

A number of ANC veterans have come out in defence of NEC member Derek Hanekom and called on the ruling party to follow suit. The eight veterans penned an open letter calling on the party’s top six officials and the entire NEC to defend Hanekom after he confessed to meeting with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) allegedly about ousting the party’s former president Jacob Zuma through a parliamentary motion of no confidence.

The letter, delivered on Saturday, states that the views expressed therein were widely canvassed among the party’s membership and “represent the views of many loyal members of the ANC who are determined to ensure that the values of our beloved organisation are restored, and the ANC renewed”.

It further condemned what it called a public attack on Hanekom from secretary-general Ace Magashule.


30 Jul 12:00

Ramaphosa dares opponents

President Cyril Ramaphosa has dared his opponents within the ANC to try removing him at the National General Council (NGC) next year, according to a report on Sunday.

Ramaphosa is said to have told those gathered at the National Executive Committee meeting that he had a "date" with those who had plans to remove him using the NGC next June and was not shaken by threats, insiders told the Sunday Times.

News24 previously reported that fireworks were expected at the NEC, with factional battles expected to reach boiling point.


30 Jul 12:00

Derek Hanekom's fate

ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Derek Hanekom is likely to face a disciplinary hearing after he admitted meeting the EFF shortly before a motion of no confidence vote in former president Jacob Zuma two years ago. 

Two NEC sources said the matter became a bone of contention at the NEC meeting over the weekend as many called for Hanekom's head. After a long debate on whether any steps should be taken against him, the NEC resolved to allow the party's top six leaders to take charge of the matter, one NEC source told News24.

"The top six came back with a decision that Hanekom should be referred to the national working committee (NWC) for it to make a determination on a disciplinary hearing."


30 Jul 12:00

In just over 30 minutes we're expected to hear from the ANC following its first ordinary meeting of the National Executive Committee since the general elections in May. The very first question would be, "Who is going to address the media?"

The reason for this is that reports over the weekend suggested ANC secretary general Ace Magashule had been gagged by the rest of the top six leadership following his scathing statement on Derek Hanekom, issued on Wednesday night.


30 Jul 11:40
Yesterday, News24 reported that the ANC's top six had referred to the national working committee the matter regarding Derek Hanekom's meetings with the EFF before a motion of no confidence vote in Jacob Zuma two years ago.

30 Jul 11:33
The ANC is also likely to face questions about a controversial training camp organised by the Greater Johannesburg branch of the Youth League.

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