EKURHULENI mayor and African National Congress (ANC) regional chairperson, Mzwandile Masina, says all members of the governing party implicated in wrongdoing and corruption allegations should step aside until they are cleared.
Masina staged a one-man picket outside the St Georges Hotel in Pretoria on Saturday where the ANC’s highest decision-making body, the national executive committee, was meeting amid claims of corruption related to the procurement of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE).
Addressing journalists, Masina called on the NEC to implement the ANC’s 2017 December conference resolution that members implicated in corruption allegations should step aside in order to clear their names.
He called on the governing party not to deal with ANC members implicated in corruption along factional lines.
“The ANC’s 54th national conference was very clear should you be accused of corruption. Resolve number two states clearly that once you are accused of corruption, you should approach the integrity commission to explain your side of the story. But if you are charged through the court of law, you should step aside,” he said.
“Any member who had transgressed the ANC resolution must assist the party and resign, including Ramaphosa. There is no ANC member who is above the ANC, including the President. If you have allegations of corruption and fraud in court, please step aside. We need the ANC of Oliver Tambo,” Masina said.
In a hard-hitting letter on Friday, former president Jacob Zuma accused his successor of betraying the ANC with his stance against corruption.
Zuma said he viewed Ramaphosa’s letter “as a diversion, a public relations exercise by which you accuse the entire ANC in order to save your own skin.”
(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)