After a frustrating Wednesday afternoon, dealing with negative reactions to the party’s selection of Parliamentary committee chairperson nominees, ANC Chief Whip, Pemmy Majodina has responded to the backlash with her very own vitriol.
The ruly ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, revealed the outcomes of the party’s caucus meeting, where the selection of the National Assembly’s leadership, as well as that of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), was discussed.
Controversial figures chosen by ANC to lead Parly committees
In the end, the announcements were made, and those with a vested interest in clean and corrupt-free governance were taken aback when some names were mentioned.
Controversial figures such as Faith Muthambi and Supra Mahumapelo have retained prominent positions in the part.
This drew ire from opposition parties, including the DA’s John Steenhuisen who described the controversial candidacy list as the ANC showing “a complete disregard for the people of South Africa.”
Other figures, including Bongani Bongo, a member who was accused of bribery in Parliament’s inquiry into the capture of Eskom, Mosebenzi Zwane and Tina Joemat-Pettersson also featured in the nominations list.
ANC’s Majodina defends its decision
It would seem that the party’s integrity committee has overlooked this part of the clean-up process, where ANC cadres who have been linked to crime, which essentially places the image of the party into disrepute, still manage to keep prominent roles in Parliament.
However, according to the party’s Chief Whip, nothing can be done to the aforementioned officials, and any other figure linked to crime if the judiciary has not found them guilty.
“There were allegations [against] certain members. There was a process where most of them appeared before [the ANC’s] integrity commission and they were cleared.
“It cannot hold us back [in] deploying a comrade, because we believe in the presumption of innocence until proven guilty,” Majodina stated.
Majodina confirmed that the decision to select these nominees came after most of them had appeared before the integrity committee to respond to allegations made against them.