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ANC members implicated in State Capture defy appeal to withdraw from electoral list

ANC members implicated in State Capture defy appeal to withdraw from electoral list
ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula addresses a media briefing on the party’s electoral list for the 2024 elections at Chief Albert Luthuli House in Johannesburg on 11 March 2024. (Photo: Gallo Images / OJ Koloti)

ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula has told a media briefing that 20 senior party members were found by the Zondo commission to be implicated in State Capture, but that only six appeared on the party’s national list of candidates.

After a heated ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting where the fate of those implicated in State Capture was discussed, party officials attempted to convince those who were named at the Zondo commission to withdraw from the party’s national and provincial candidate lists for the upcoming general election.

However, NEC members such as Malusi Gigaba, David Mahlobo and Zizi Kodwa had refused to comply.

This means their names remain on the party’s list submitted to the Electoral Commission of SA on Friday afternoon. 

The NEC meeting took place last Thursday and continued into the early hours of Friday morning.

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The party noted that MP Cedric Frolick had already been cleared by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests.

“Those people felt there was no basis for them to stand back. We did advise them, but it is up to them because they believe processes should be exhausted,” Mbalula said at a media briefing at Luthuli House on Monday.

This comes despite the ANC’s integrity commission having concluded that adverse findings were made against Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Kodwa.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo and former public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba have been referred to the party’s disciplinary committee after failing to appear before the integrity commission.

Mbalula said that 20 of the party’s senior members were found by the State Capture commission to be implicated in State Capture, but that only six appeared on the party’s national list of candidates.

Read more in Daily Maverick: ANC’s Gigaba, Mahlobo, Kodwa and Frolick recommended for parliamentary chop amid NEC objections

Mbalula said the party had imposed strict criteria to ensure the integrity and credibility of its candidates.

“It is important that candidates do not have any pending court cases or disciplinary hearings. This allows them to fully focus on their responsibilities without distractions or legal complications.

“In addition, candidates who have been recommended for suspension by the NEC after their cases have been finalised by the integrity commission are also not eligible for nomination. This shows our commitment to upholding ethical standards and holding our members accountable.

“Furthermore, candidates who are already public representatives or members of government executives must undergo a satisfactory performance review. This ensures that those in positions of responsibility are effectively fulfilling their duties and serving the interests of the people,” he said.

ANC national chair Gwede Mantashe and deputy defence minister Thabang Makwetla were cleared of allegations that they had benefited from security upgrades at their homes courtesy of Bosasa.

Kodwa was implicated in State Capture for dubious transactions between himself and Jehan Mackay, a former director at technology group EOH.

The Zondo commission pointed to a beneficial relationship involving personal loans made to Kodwa by Mackay, and an apparent attempt to buy Kodwa’s influence in the awarding of tenders.

Mahlobo was accused of bribing judges during his tenure as state security minister.

Judge Zondo’s report recommended that Gigaba be investigated for corruption and racketeering in relation to cash payments allegedly received during visits to the Gupta compound in Saxonwold between 2010 and 2018.

Gigaba reportedly had a close relationship with the Guptas and was a “willing participant” in their illicit schemes during his tenure as public enterprises minister.

Holding members accountable

Mbalula said the ANC wanted its members to sign a deployment contract in which they undertook to implement the party’s electoral mandate and the decisions of the organisation.

He said they should be willing to undergo lifestyle audits or other investigations by the provincial list committee or the party’s electoral committee.

Read more in Daily Maverick: Investigate Arthur Fraser, David Mahlobo and Thulani Dlomo – State Capture commission

Mbalula said that at least 53% of the ANC’s candidates were women, while 40% were young people, traditional leaders, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQI+ community.

“For the first time, the 1976 and 1980s generations, together with Millennials, constitute over 60% of candidates on the ANC’s lists. The rest are made up of the remainder of the earlier generation of struggle veterans and ama-2000s.

“The Tintswalos – the children of freedom – talented, educated, diverse and vibrant, are taking their rightful place in our movement and country,” said Mbalula. DM


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  • Brett Redelinghuys says:

    Wheels on the bus go round and round…. As usual, lots of hot air no substance or backbone.
    To think that people died for these fakes to become this unprincipled, soft and useless organisation.

  • Angus Auchterlonie says:

    The rats are looking for one last payout before deserting a sinking ship! We know there aren’t any competent or honest folk on those ANC lists so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s almost impossible to get the greedy hogs to abandon the trough!

  • Flapster Karos says:

    Let them eat

  • Kevin Venter says:

    I am not surprised that there are no consequences for those who were implicated. Since everyone in the ANC is guilty of the same thing, how can anyone in that party even begin to try and point a finger. A completely rotten, corrupt organisation. The French people executed their government for bad governing, just saying. Seems mass action and protests are only applicable in South Africa if it is a white political party running the show. As long as it is non-white, the government ministers can do whatever they want and the population doesnt care. Jacob Zuma and his cronies can bleed the coffers dry and NOTHING happens to him. Africa just being Africa I guess.

  • Cachunk Cachunk says:

    Msimang resigned from the anc and then rejoined when he was promised those implicated in state capture would not be put forward for election. They lied to him so will he resign again?!

  • Ernest Lintnaar says:

    It’s simple, Mr Mbalula, you just don’t put them on the list. Do you think, with all the corruption, and greed amongst comrades or cadres (not too sure if this is what you call them, or is this list also endless) that anyone will agree to step aside? If there is a strong feeling amongst the executives, I ass(u)me you have the numbers to vote against their inclusion, like you do in senseless and harmful motions against the opposition parties in metros and municipalities…JUST TAKE THEM OFF THE LIST

  • virginia crawford says:

    No surprises then.

  • Lynda Tyrer says:

    Typical they are not going to let go of that gravy train. None are employable in the real world.

  • Just Me says:

    The electoral rules should disqualify a party from standing for elections with corrupt individuals on the party’s. This dreaded list system of ‘so called’ democracy should be replaced with a more direct (pure) democracy where the electorate get to vote for a person not a party. This will enhance our constitution and our democracy.

  • Charles Butcher says:

    One of the biggest criminals is mbalula, he should be prosecuted

  • Jane Crankshaw says:

    What can you expect from a pig but a grunt! Same applies here!

  • D'Esprit Dan says:

    Is this working?

  • Hilary Morris says:

    Oh my God! Seriously? Mbalula pontificating about honesty and integrity! Asking members to withdraw? Kick them out. Starting perhaps with the idiot spokesman himself. Love to see some survey on how many people actually believe the lies spewed endlessly by the ANC. Not worth doing as the answer is irrelevant. Perhaps they lie just to make themselves feel good. Imagine working for an organisation that has lies and corruption as its main skill set.

  • Karl Sittlinger says:

    So now we cannot reply to people in the comment section anymore? Come on DM, just because your conmentators don’t always agree with your viewpoints doesn’t mean you should just suppress them.

  • Geoff Coles says:

    These tarnished icons of ANC Central simply want to serve their country the ANC way!

  • Henry Henry says:

    Yes. They refuse to withdraw as they foresee that Ramaphosa will be ousted if the ANC achieve less than 50% in the election. Then Mashatile will become ANC leader – who will favour a coalition with a MKP/EFF formation. And then Gigaba et al gets reunited with their old comrades in looting…

  • Brian Cotter says:

    Zondo found that availing the ANC of the facilities constituted a form of inducement by Bosasa and welcomed Ramaphosa’s testimony accepting that this constituted “a major lapse”. If the president claimed not to have known, the report concluded that the treasurer-general of the party and others involved in its campaign did.

    “The Zondo report also recommends criminal investigations be pursued against former water and environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane for accepting an obscenity of funding, food and drink from Bosasa and current deputy defence minister Thabang Makwetla for taking five years to realise accepting security installations from the same quarters was wrong. ”
    Where is she now?

  • Malcolm McManus says:

    As one of Zapiros cartoons recently implied, If it came down to a vote, those implicated in wrong doing would by far outnumber non implicated members.
    An innocent comrade is as rare as a Dodo.

  • Brian Cotter says:

    Can the reporter please give a background for which is the supreme authority to declare an accused in the Zondo Report – State Capture Commission free of any further investigation.
    The ANC integrity committee has to be excluded.
    Is it Investigating Directorate (ID), being part of the NPA or some Parliamentary Commission, packed with ANC people?
    “ANC national chair Gwede Mantashe and deputy defence minister Thabang Makwetla were cleared of allegations that they had benefited from security upgrades at their homes courtesy of Bosasa.” Which authority said this and is this authority the correct authority?
    “April 22 – Zondo recommends Nomvula Mokonyane’s prosecution for corruption, found she took bribes from Bosasa.” Where does Nomvula sit in the picture?

  • Lavinia Schlebusch says:

    Oh that’s too precious, the African National Corruption party wants their candidates to have integrity and credibility to stand.
    This from an inept and thoroughly morally bankrupt organization who has done nothing but be out of integrity with everything they touch.
    Respect for the TRUTH is the basis for all morality.
    The TRUTH was revealed via The Zondo Commission and STILL these mamparas are defending the liers, looters and scum who sold out the country.
    The ANC doesn’t respect TRUTH, therefore they align themselves with lies and deceit, and as such Corruption is the only inevitability.
    The ANC needs buy (or steal) a dictionary to fully understand what integrity means.

  • Malcolm McManus says:

    There’s a distinct difference between the few Tintswalo’s that travel in the elite circles that Mbalula and comrades charade in, and the Tintswalo’s Myself, and I am sure many other readers see living in poverty on the streets every day of our lives. The latter Tintswalo’s grouping being undoubtedly the overwhelming majority. Just because Mbalula and co can’t see it, doesn’t mean the rest of the planet can’t.

  • Egmont Rohwer says:

    I guess this is a case of “Horrible” members instead of “Honorable” members?

  • Art Gee says:

    Who gives a toss…. they will be queuing outside the UIF offices come end May 2024 …

  • Malcolm Mitchell says:

    Anyone who thought they would withdraw because of “ethics” must be living in ‘cloud cuckoo land’.

  • Mark Egerton says:

    Hang in there for another pay day or even a juicy tender! Why would they give up their spot at the ANC feeding trough?

  • Middle aged Mike says:

    Leopards and spots.

  • Roger Sheppard says:

    The IEC is NEVER to be seen as Independent. Its rules are rotten – how can it allow such dreadful people to be on an electoral list when they have been listed by a sitting Chief Justice that serious suspicions of malfeasance abound their domains. Eish and Eina!

  • Just Me says:

    The real electoral reform required in SA is to do away with the list system where citizens get to vote for a person, directly and not have to go through the undemocratic and unconstitutional ANC shenanigans like what we see with ANC members implicated in State Capture defying appeal to withdraw from electoral list.

  • Johan Buys says:

    How high on the list do the implicated feature?

    I am trying to predict what % votes ANC must achieve for them to make cape town city hall

  • Nick Robert says:

    Thanks for keeping them there. It will help unseat the ANC

  • Malcolm Dunkeld says:

    How naive can you be when you ask an ANC Big Beast to pretty-please take his snout out of the feeding trough? Good try, Fikile, but the corruption horse has bolted and the ANC will have to pay the price.

    • James McMichael says:

      The entire party is totally rotten from top to bottom and then “our people” wonder why, insider grifters excluded, their own lives get relentlessly worse? The Dunning Kruger Effect remains deeply embedded in our body politic and drives most of this dangerous behaviour. Hence, the ANC’s continued focus on that (very large) portion of the electorate whom they are able to very successfully fo0l, “all of the time”. Not pretty, I’m afraid.

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