These were ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile’s views on those who made it onto the party’s national and provincial lists, even though they were embroiled in corruption allegations.
He made the comments on Sunday on the sidelines of a day-long campaign programme he was leading in Welkom and responded to journalist’s questions about the lists submitted to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) last week.
The candidate lists represent people the party wants to deploy to the National Assembly and provincial legislatures.
Controversial leaders such as Nomvula Mokonyane, Bathabile Dlamini, Malusi Gigaba and Mosebenzi Zwane all featured on the national list.
The ANC has been heavily criticised for failing to remove them.
Mokonyane is alleged to have received bribes from Bosasa, the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture heard.
Last year, the court dismissed Gigaba’s application for leave to appeal a ruling that he had lied under oath and violated the Constitution. The judgment stemmed from a court battle which Fireblade Aviation, owned by the wealthy Oppenheimer family, lodged in November 2016 against the Department of Home Affairs and others.
In September, the Constitutional Court ruled in a unanimous decision that Dlamini withheld information from the court regarding the Sassa debacle, and that the National Prosecuting Authority should determine whether she should be prosecuted for perjury.
Meanwhile, Zwane, during his term as mineral resources minister, allegedly threatened Standard Bank South Africa’s operating licence. This was revealed during the state capture commission.
“Being on the list for Parliament doesn’t mean you will escape the law if genuinely you’ve contravened the law,” said Mashatile.
He reiterated comments ANC secretary general Ace Magashule made last week that it would be unfair to remove the names because none of them have been charged.
“If there are allegations against our members and the law needs to take its course, it will do so, remember, beyond submitting the list. The IEC is also going to probe people on the list,” Mashatile said.