- The ANC has expressed confidence in the candidates selected for its election list
- This comes after concerns that the list included some officials who have been implicated in corruption and state capture
- The ruling party noted these concerns, but said it did not believe the candidates would hurt the party come election time
The ANC has said that it does not think having candidates implicated in corruption on its election lists will hurt the party at the polls.
Its list includes Bathabile Dlamini, Nomvula Mokonyane and Malusi Gigaba, among others.
This follows the ANC's pledge that it would work harder to ensure that only candidates with integrity would make it onto the lists.
However, some of the ANC's allies have criticised the list's inclusion of compromised candidates. Cosatu president, Zingiswa Losi, for example, has warned that tainted candidates could cost the ruling party support on 8 May.
Despite this, in a recently-released statement the ANC expressed confidence in its candidates. Additionally, the party said it was aware of the concerns about certain candidates but was not worried about their inclusion. The party's list was finalised and submitted to the IEC yesterday, according to Eyewitness News.
Unsurprisingly, it features Cyril Ramaphosa and David Mabuza in first and second place, as well as Gwede Mantashe coming in third and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma coming in fourth.
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