Sanco calls on ANC leaders to distance themselves from Dlamini's 'scandalous' comments

2017-12-18 15:02
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Johannesburg – The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has called ANC Women's League (ANCWL) president and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini's comments "scandalous" after she said South Africans were selective in their outrage.

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During an interview with News24, Dlamini said South Africans were being hypocritical in their criticism of figures such as Carl Niehaus and Free State Premier Ace Magashule.

"South Africans, why are they not forgiving? They always want to label people. Why are they not saying, 'let's listen to Carl for a change and give him an opportunity to change'," Dlamini said.

READ MORE: SA, forgive state capture like you 'forgave apartheid' - Dlamini

Sanco national spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu condemned the comments, saying South Africans expected integrity from their government and leaders.

"We hope that Dlamini's scandalous view is not shared by the ANCWL or any of the leaders standing for election in the ANC 54th national congress underway at Nasrec because it flies in the face of the ANC's commitment to [dealing] with the scourge of corruption," Mahlangu said.

"Any suggestion that those responsible for the looting of state resources at an unprecedented massive scale while making a mockery of our criminal justice system and anti-corruption measures might be let off the hook will ring the death knell for the ruling party if not heeded," he said.

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He called on the ANC to distance itself from Dlamini's utterances.

"Her earlier claim that everyone in the ANC NEC (national executive committee) leadership has some 'smallanyana' skeletons raises questions of moral and ethical leadership," Mahlangu said.

WATCH: ANCWL's Bathabile Dlamini sticks with NDZ, calls for 'forgiveness' for Carl Niehaus

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