The ANC gunning for more leade

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The ANC gunning for more leaders in KwaZulu-Natal

It comes as several party leaders in the province, including former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, have claimed that the ruling party is under siege

The ANC gunning for more leade

Photo: Rapitse Monthso / Flickr

It appears the African National Congress (ANC) is taking aim at other leaders in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and has asked at least 10 high-ranking members in the province to step aside, Independent Online reports.

This comes in the wake of infighting within the ruling party, with detractors of both Cyril Ramaphosa and his predecessor Jacob Zuma, at each other’s throats.

The ANC in KZN’s Provincial Working Committee (PWC) is said to have submitted a list of names of individuals in the party, to be issued to the integrity commission for summons.

“It’s going to be a heated meeting, as those who have not been charged by courts are facing mere allegations in the public domain. They will argue that they are being smeared,” a ‘party insider’ is quoted as saying by the publication.

“But I think removing those with pending court cases will be easy for the PEC, as they have already been instructed to step aside”

ANC members summoned to Integrity Commission

The ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) recently resolved that disgraced members facing charges for corruption, needed to be asked to step aside – as part of an effort to counter the graft allegations have plagued the party.

Ramaphosa faces immense pressure, both internally and externally to go beyond condemning corruption – and actually see to it that implicated members face the full might of the law.

“Those formally charged with corruption must immediately step aside from all official positions pending finalisation of their cases,” he said after the NEC met to discuss a range of issues, including dealing with corruption.

According to Independent Online, the PEC meeting is also expected to continue on Monday, September 14, 2020, with one of the main items on the agenda being members who are supposed to appear before the commission. Members who have been summoned to appear before the commission include former cabinet minister Nomvula Mokonyane, who recently revealed to the state capture inquiry that she had received R2.2 million towards the purchase of a luxury sports car.

The allegations of COVID-19-related corruption within the ANC and Ramaphosa’s firm approach to it seems to have further ignited the factionalism within the ruling party.

The most recent being former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, who lashed out at the judiciary over the handling of her corruption case and claims the party is under attack. Although she makes no specific mention of who is targeting the party, it is widely believed to be one of the significant indications of widening rifts in the ANC.