DD Mabuza is set to challenge ANC’s integrity committee 

DD Mabuza is set to challenge ANC's integrity committee
BRING IT ON: ANC Deputy President DD Mabuza (C) wants to test the integrity of the party's integrity committee. PICTURE BY 013NEWS/MLM.

He wants to know whether processes were properly followed.

ANC deputy president DD Mabuza is set to challenge the ANC’s integrity committee in a few days, planning to force it to reveal the evidence it has against him. 

The committee says they are not revealing anything – they say they have done their work and have now sent the report about Mabuza’s alleged bad name to the NEC to decide. 

Now the Mpumalanga politician wants to force the party’s internal structure to reveal the evidence against him and show if processes were properly followed when compiling the report. 

Mabuza is due to meet the committee’s chairman George Mashamba before next week ends and hear from the horse’s mouth what exactly did he do. 

The deputy president is part of 22 names which the committee has recommended be removed from the parliamentary list, citing their alleged bad names bring the ANC into disrepute.

They are Nomvula Mokonyane, Bathabile Dlamini, Melusi Gigaba, amongst others and Mabuza has asked that he be not sworn in as member of Parliament until he clears his name. 

He is also believed to be someone who doesn’t want to be appointed the country’s deputy president by President Cyril Ramaphosa after the inauguration. 

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The integrity committee deals with issues of the ethics and values of the ANC and was established to make recommendations to the NEC on certain issues affecting the image of the party. 

Mabuza’s spokesman Thami Ngwenya said Mabuza only learned through the newspapers that his name is mentioned in the report and had not seen it. 

“When the ANC NEC referred the lists to the integrity committee for further vetting, it clearly instructed that body to conduct such reviews as it may deem necessary within the ambit of the list guidelines, the rules of natural justice and the resolutions of the 54th conference.”

Mabuza wants the opportunity to answer for himself,  Ngwenya said. 

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Mabuza is still waiting “in good faith” for an opportunity to answer any allegations against him, Ngwenya said.

“He himself called to request that he be afforded an opportunity to present himself. He will thus present himself to the integrity committee as agreed to with its chairperson,” said Ngwenya.

He added that Mabuza’s only motivation was to “subject himself to the dictates of the instruments created by the ANC to improve its efficiency and effectiveness”.

“The deputy president feels that as a leader he should be seen to stand by and to support the call to renew the ANC and its call for ethical leadership.

“He takes the mandate given to the ANC in the recent elections with humility and seriousness. It is out of respect of the ANC, its membership and the electorate that as deputy president of the ANC, he has decided to wait for the integrity commission to finalise its processes so that he can have an opportunity to answer to whatever allegations there may be against him.”

(edited by ZK) 

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