THE Democratic Alliance announced on Wednesday that it will lay criminal charges against the ANC’s delegation to Zimbabwe for abusing a State aircraft as well as for flouting COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
This comes a day after the ANC said would reimburse government for the trip to Zimbabwe, where senior members of the party travelled on an air force flight to attend a meeting with the ruling ZANU-PF amid allegations of human rights violations in that country.
The DA’s shadow minister of defence, Kobus Marais, said the ANC’s admission of guilt and promise to pay back the money should not deter President Cyril Ramaphosa to release the report from Minister Mapisa-Nqakula. Parliament and the Nation have the right to scrutinize that report.
“Just like ordinary South Africans who now bear the burden of potential criminal records for breaking lockdown regulations, the ten ANC delegates who undertook this illegal trip in an Airforce jet, must face the legal consequences. They admitted to a crime and must now face criminal charges,’ said Marais.
“Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula made it clear that he did not grant the delegation permission for the trip, as is required by Level 2 lockdown regulations and referred all questions about it to Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. There is also doubt that the Minister of Finances, Tito Mboweni, granted his support in terms of the 2002 Defence Act section 80(3)(a).”
“Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu and Minister Mapisa-Nqakula are part of the National Corona Command Council. They were instrumental in instituting many of the regulations and should have known better than anyone that what the delegates were doing was wrong.”
“Minister Zulu in her capacity as head of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) Sub-Committee on International Relations, along with her fellow delegates – ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule, NEC members Nomvula Mokonyane, Tony Yengeni, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the ANC’s head of economic transformation Enoch Godongwana, ANC spokesperson Dakota Legoete and ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe – must now face the long arm of the law.”
The ANC delegation who may face criminal charges include:
- Minister of Social Development and head of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) Sub-Committee on International Relations Lindiwe Zulu;
- ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule;
- NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane;
- NEC member Tony Yengeni;
- Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula;
- ANC’s Head of Economic Transformation Enoch Godongwana;
- ANC Spokesperson Dakota Legoete;
- ANC Chairperson Gwede Mantashe.
(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)