- Khusela Diko has filed an appeal with the party's national disciplinary committee.
- Diko's lawyers claim there is a political witch hunt to force her to step aside.
- The ANC's provincial disciplinary committee is undermining her rights, her lawyers claim.
Suspended presidential spokesperson and member of the ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) in Gauteng, Khusela Diko, has accused the ANC's provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) of trying to force her to step aside in what she calls a political witch hunt.
This comes after a disciplinary process by the ANC in the province found her guilty of bringing the party into disrepute.
Diko has slammed the process and opted to appeal the matter to the ANC's national disciplinary structure.
In a statement released through her lawyer, Avela Nontso, Diko said they were convinced the ANC's provincial disciplinary committee undermined her right to a fair process.
She expressed concerns that details on internal ANC processes had been leaked to the media.
One of the findings made against her was that "Comrade Diko did not disclose her husband's business interests to the ANC PEC or any office bearer of the PEC".
The matter was related to a cancelled contract for personal protective equipment (PPE) awarded to her late husband, Chief Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko.
Diko, through her lawyers, said it was not a requirement for her to reveal her husband's business interests. She said she was of the view that it wasn't necessary, as the matter was buried once the contract awarded to her late husband had been cancelled.
The PDC noted:
Diko's lawyers said the media statement prepared by the PDC stated that no evidence was produced that Diko had committed any misconduct by using her positions in the ANC or government for self-enrichment.
They said contrary to the PDC's utterances, nowhere in their decision was a rule quoted or relied upon that placed a responsibility on a member of the ANC to disclose a spouse's business interests to the PEC or provincial office bearers.
Nontso said a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report titled "Finalised Matters", released in February 2020, found Diko not guilty of engaging in any corruption, as alleged by the PEC and PDC.
The statement read:
Diko's lawyers said she had been charged and sanctioned for conduct that was not in violation of any rule or policy of the ANC.
Diko said she was unaware that any government agency, whether it was the National Prosecuting Authority or the SIU, investigated her and found her guilty of unlawful conduct.