Cosatu says implicated ANC members should step down and be prosecuted

Cosatu says implicated ANC members should step down and be prosecuted

- The trade union federation called on officials linked to state capture to withdraw their names from the ANC's election lists

- Cosatu also insisted that legal action should be taken against those named before the Zondo Commission

- Cosatu's president that if the ANC did not take action, the corruption allegations would hurt the party at the polls

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Cosatu President Zingiswa Losi has called on ANC officials linked to state capture and the VBS looting drama to withdraw their names from the party's election lists.

This comes after weeks of damning allegations made before the Zondo Commission. Several ANC bigwigs have been implicated in bribery and corruption, including Gwede Mantashe, Nomvule Mokonyane and Dudu Myeni. They all reportedly received expensive home renovations from Bosasa.

The ANC, however, has not yet taken action against any of those named in the testimony, saying that that the Commission is not a guilt-imposing institution.

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While agreeing that the implicated individuals should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Cosatu's Losi however slammed the party for choosing to protect individuals over the organisation itself.

Losi said that some of these allegations would have a negative impact on the ANC's voter support unless the accused individuals had their day in court.

She added that their silence might appear to some voters as proof that they had broken the law, according to News24.

Her claims were echoed by Cosatu's deputy president, Mike Shingange, who said that the corruption allegations were going to hurt the party at the polls. Shingane insisted that compromised individuals should be removed from election lists, gathered.

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Cosatu also insists that those implicated should be prosecuted, but the government has thus far shown little political will to take any of its implicated officials to court.

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