Tony Yengeni Bathabile Dlamini

Tony Yengeni and Bathabile Dlamini. Images via Gallo Images.

Tony Yengeni and Bathabile Dlamini allowed to contest NEC positions

Tony Yengeni had said the decision to disqualify him would kill the ANC while Bathabile Dlamini had also vowed to fight the decision.

Tony Yengeni Bathabile Dlamini

Tony Yengeni and Bathabile Dlamini. Images via Gallo Images.

The African National Congress (ANC) has backtracked on its decision to disqualify its former Chief Whip Tony Yengeni and former Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini from participating in the upcoming conference.

Yengeni was disqualified from contesting for a National Executive Committee (NEC) position because of his criminal record while Dlamini was disqualified because she was found guilty of perjury in 2017. The two appealed the decision. 


The ANC electoral committee told Yengeni he was barred from competing as he previously served a four-year prison term after being found guilty of fraud related to the notorious arms deal.

“The vetting information at our disposal reveals that you have a historical record of being found guilty of serious crime in a court of law for which the prison sentence had been more than six months,” read the letter from Kgalema Motlanthe – the head of the ANC Electoral Committee – to Yengeni.

Dlamini was found guilty of perjury after lying under oath while giving evidence at the SASSA hearings in 2017 for her role in the agency’s near-collapse during her tenure as Social Development Minister. 

ANC members cannot contest party elections if they have been found guilty of a serious crime, which is defined as an act that could result in a prison sentence of longer than six months.

In a letter dated 13 December, ANC Electoral Committee Chairperson Kgalema Motlanthe said they decided to uphold Yengeni’s appeal based on the substantive reasons and proof of the expungement of his criminal records as furnished by himself. 

“We, therefore, wish to confirm that you are no longer disqualified from being a candidate for the NEC positions during the 55th National Conference of the ANC due to take place on 16 December – 20 December 2022 at Nasrec,”Motlanthe said in the letter. 

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