The ANC leadership in the Mzala Nxumalo region in KwaZulu-Natal has recommended the immediate suspension of one of their own — Khabo Nene — and that criminal charges be brought against her over her alleged voice note insulting the late Jackson Mthembu.
The audio clip went viral as the country mourned the death of Mthembu, the minister in the presidency, who died of Covid-19 on Thursday.
In the recording, Nene, is heard accusing Jackson of several things, including plotting mass murder using Covid-19 and being a devil worshiper who has become a laughing stock because he thought he would never die.
Nene is an executive committee member of the ANC Mzala Nxumalo Region, which includes areas such as Vryheid, Utrecht and eDumbe.
After Nene’s voice note went viral, the regional leadership convened an urgent meeting where it resolved to recommend to the ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) to immediately suspend her as a member of the ANC, open a criminal case against her for pronouncements that seek to defeat the intention of the Covid-19 regulations and that her matter be referred to the disciplinary committee of the ANC.
“Her conduct has not just embarrassed us as the region but also the entire ANC.
“She also spread misinformation about Covid-19 and that is a criminal offence, so she must be charged.
“The unfortunate part is that there are those who believe what she said to be true,” the regional spokesperson, Lawrence Dube, said yesterday.
He said this was not the first time Nene pulled such a stunt as the region had previously submitted a formal complaint to the PEC about her other alleged misconduct.
He said in one of her alleged voice notes she allegedly made false claims that 5G technology spreads Covid-19.
Dube said as the region they also wished to apologise to the Mthembu family and the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa for Nene’s conduct.
He said she might have made those statements at a personal level but it reflected badly on the entire region, even though as her colleagues they did not agree with her views on the matter.
“It is unfortunate that a human being, worse a comrade and a regional leader, would speak so ill of another human being, particularly when the family is mourning as are many South Africans.
“Her insensitivity to the Mthembu family was uncalled for and quite frankly it was inhumane. You can hate a person when he is alive but when he dies you must give their loved ones a space to mourn, even if you believe he was a bad person,” he said.