DD Mabuza is set to challenge ANC’s integrity committee 

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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Zuma blindsided us with free education announcement – Gigaba

Zuma had announced in Nasrec during the ANC’s 54th congress that government will make tertiary education free.

Former President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of free higher education blindsided the national treasurer, said Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Speaking at a post-budget breakfast in Cape Town, Gigaba said: “To make a big announcement in the midst of the budget process is something Treasury is wary of. It would have been better if they made the announcement at Sona [state of the nation address].”

At the December elective conference, Zuma announced that the government would subsidise free higher education for poor and working class students, referring to currently enrolled students from households with a combined annual income of up to R350,000, by the 2018 academic year.

Defending the 1% VAT increase, he added that the Treasury was under pressure to fund the R48.2bn shortfall plus find R57bn to fund fee-free higher education, which was reaffirmed at the state of the nation address by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Fee free for the students is not fee free for the tax payer or for the government. This is a lot of money that the people of SA are going to pay.”

Gigaba explained that the budget was a balancing act between unlimited needs and limited resources.

“We had no choice, we had to find a revenue measure that would give us a significant quantum of money,” said Gigaba.

“We understand the pressure the former president was under, a lot of pressure.”

He added that the Treasury would have preferred more time to figure out how to implement free higher education, explaining that the budget process was quite sensitive.

“Credit rating agencies watch closely at how your spending items work and how you deal with your expenditure,” he said.

He added, however, that financial markets had reacted well.

“We have to focus on the fact that this decision is implemented in a way that the children of the poor and the children of the workers are catered for. It breaks the cycle of poverty.”

– Business Day