Refrain from the media frenzy, ANCWL warns members

2016-03-17 21:14


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Johannesburg – The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) has joined the ANC Youth League in criticising the manner in which Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas announced how the Gupta family offered him former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene's job.

ANCWL secretary general Meokgo Matuba said revelations such as those Jonas had made were of a serious nature and needed to be dealt with internally by ANC leaders.

"The ANC Secretary General's call for people to come forward needs to be an organisational process that is not left to surprises in the media as these are not in line with the organisational discipline," she said.

The seriousness of such allegations also stood to threaten the party's integrity as a governing party as well as its future deployment processes, she said.

Refrain from media frenzy

She urged the party's leaders to "give proper guidance and engage properly" with the affected parties at the upcoming national executive committee meeting at the weekend.

"We also urge leaders of our movement to refrain from the media frenzy and engage on the issues this coming weekend," Matuba said.

On Wednesday, Jonas confirmed that the Gupta family had offered him the job of finance minister, but that he had rejected it.

In a statement, he said: "Members of the Gupta family offered me the position of minister of finance to replace then-Minister Nene.

"I rejected this out of hand. The basis of my rejection of their offer is that it makes a mockery of our hard earned democracy, the trust of our people and no one apart from the President of the Republic appoints ministers."

Come forward

Earlier on Thursday, ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, called on more politicians within the ANC who had been approached by influential business people to come forward to help the party address the problem of corporate capture. This followed Jonas' announcement.

However, the party's Youth League called for Jonas to be recalled as he had, in their view, brought the party into disrepute by not speaking to seniors in the party including, President Jacob Zuma, about his meeting with the Gupta family immediately after it took place.

The Youth League cast doubt on whether the meeting actually took place, saying it was Jonas' word against the Guptas'.

They have promised to raise the issue at the NEC meeting.

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