- The ANC has defended the appointment of Tony Yengeni as the chairperson of the ANC’s crime and corruption working group
- Yengeni was convicted for fraud in 2013 for his part in the controversial arms deal
- The ANC said it was standard procedure for a member of the NEC to be appointed to chair working groups
The African National Congress (ANC) has appointed convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni as the chairperson of its crime and corruption working group at the party’s election manifesto workshop.
Yengeni was convicted for fraud in 2013 for his part in the controversial arms deal, he is a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) which serves as the party’s highest decision-making body.
ANC Head of Police Jeff Radebe said it was standard procedure for a chairperson of any working group to be a member of the ANC NEC.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the ANC is currently engaged in consultation with its members, political analysts, civil organisation economists and other stakeholders in order to come up with an effective election manifesto which it can sell to the electorate.
News24.com reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the conference and noted that the ANC could no-longer count on people voting for the party based on historical sentiments and loyalties based on the ANC’s liberation credentials.
Ramaphosa said the advantage which the ANC still held over other political party’s was a record of uniting the people of the country. He said the ANC was building a country which its founding members would be proud of.
The president said South Africans could see the progress which the ANC had made in recent months in the fight against corruption and state capture.
Former president Jacob Zuma was in attendance at the conference.
Ramaphosa called on those attending the conference to be blunt in their assessments about what issues were facing the ANC. He asked participants to be as open and honest with the ANC’s leadership as they could be.
Other working groups at the conference include a group looking into land reform issues and other dealing with economic transformation.
Meanwhile, Radebe confirmed that Yengeni had been appointed to chair the working group dealing with crime and corruption. eNCA.com reported that he noted that while Yengeni had been convicted of fraud he had served his time and paid his dues.
Radebe said Yengeni was the chairperson of the NEC Sub-committee and this was why he had been chosen to chair the working group.
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