All eyes on ANC integrity unit

2020/08/31 08:17:00

Those who lead the ANC's Integrity Commission have been left with no choice but to prove the structure is still relevant and not feeble.

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The commission is being watched closely to see how it will muscle in top leaders who have corruption allegations hanging over them. ANC

Those who lead the ANC 's Integrity Commission have been left with no choice but to prove the structure is still relevant and not feeble.

ShareJohannesburg - Amid intensifying internal factional battles and the 2017 election campaign being at the centre of the storm, those who lead the ANC's Integrity Commission (IC) have been left with no choice but to prove the structure is still relevant and not feeble.

The commission is being watched closely to see how it will muscle in top leaders who have corruption allegations hanging over them.This comes as the party's national executive committee (NEC) has reiterated its stance that all those accused of malfeasance should subject themselves before the IC.

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Email Share Johannesburg - Amid intensifying internal factional battles and the 2017 election campaign being at the centre of the storm, those who lead the ANC's Integrity Commission (IC) have been left with no choice but to prove the structure is still relevant and not feeble.BL PREMIUM 27 August 2020 - 15:21 Anthony Butler The ANC’s national executive committee will convene this weekend to solemnly contemplate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent lamentations about the scourge of corruption.President Cyril Ramaphosa GCIS President Cyril Ramaphosa has approached the ANC's integrity committee to account for the controversy around the CR17 campaign.This to seek clarity on remarks he made during an interview last month.

The commission is being watched closely to see how it will muscle in top leaders who have corruption allegations hanging over them. This comes as the party's national executive committee (NEC) has reiterated its stance that all those accused of malfeasance should subject themselves before the IC. The president bewailed pandemic tender corruption, and fancifully told the nonexistent little people — sadly they are mostly just “ghost members” purchased by local barons — that “it is you who chooses the leadership, who sets the policies and who implements the programmes of our organisation”. President Cyril Ramaphosa has already raised his hand to face the music over his CR17 presidential campaign after facing mounting pressure to do so, and it is believed that on Sunday he dared others to play open cards and declare their financial interests.  In a move that seemingly disarmed his most vocal opponents, President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) he had approached the integrity committee to account for his CR17 campaign. Reports also emerged at the weekend that senior NEC member Tony Yengeni had asked Ramaphosa to step down. A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select. Several others have since supported the motion for Ramaphosa to resign. relative to him saying that he will not step down if he was accused.

But some have vowed to push back on calls for the ANC leader to walk the plank..  Sources in the meeting said this set the tone for the meeting and was consistent with the president's push that all those who are charged with corruption should step down. ANC provincial secretary in Limpopo Soviet Lekganyane came out in support of Ramaphosa and warned against moves to oust him. Speaking at the funeral of MK veteran David Malada at the weekend, Lekganyane said they would thwart moves to remove Ramaphosa. “We must be ready and it must be known that the fightback will not get off the ground,” he said.   Ramaphosa's move to deal with corruption in the party was met with resistance from his opponents who pointed at his CR17 campaign. Meanwhile, as the NEC meeting was expected to wrap up on Sunday, it is yet unclear how the IC's processes will unfold or when it is set to begin. At a time convenient to both that meeting will take place," said Duarte.

However, what has been clear is that the battle lines have been drawn as factional rifts heat up over who should be hauled over the coals for their part in corruption - particularly over the looting of Covid-19 relief funds. On the other hand, some experts believe that the IC is all talk and no bite.  "Mr President, it appears that it has become your hallmark since our 54th national conference to divert accusations from yourself rather than to face them and clear your name. “The commission always makes pronouncements and recommendations but the current leadership ignores those calls. For example, the commission recommended that the Deputy Minister (of Finance) David Masondo step aside but the ANC leadership just ignored that recommendation instead of following it up and ensuring that it is implemented,” political commentator Xolani Dube said. He added that the IC was toothless and that the expected appearance of top leaders before it was unlikely to result in removals of people from their posts. "We all know that such donations amounted to sacrificing the historic mission of the ANC for 30 pieces of silver," Zuma  said.

Last week, Ramaphosa penned a seven-page letter to ANC members in which he said the ANC was in the dock as “Accused No 1” in relation to corruption allegations. The letter has, however, resulted in factional tension within the party as it earned him condemnation from his detractors, including former president Jacob Zuma. Political Bureau .  Sources said Ramaphosa's bid to stamp out corruption in its ranks was widely endorsed during discussions on Saturday.