Editor's note: The ANC's publication of its election list last week drew much attention. In particular, many were upset that several figures linked to corruption were up for re-election. In response, several members of the ANC's old guard have penned an open letter to these individuals.
Last week, candidate lists for Parliament and provincial legislatures were presented to the Electoral Commission (IEC) by political parties. Some of these lists raise serious questions about the suitability of some of the candidates. As members of the ANC, we do not deem it our duty to comment on lists presented by other political parties.
Our strong belief is that candidates on the ANC list should be above ethical reproach, for that is what South Africans expect of the party that played a pivotal role in ushering in democracy in South Africa.
More recently, it has become apparent to these same South Africans, who always admired and voted for the ANC, that some of the leading members of their beloved organisation have been implicated in acts of corruption of one sort or another.
Inappropriate appointments have been made to senior positions in government and state institutions, often resulting in questionable decisions being made to the detriment of good governance.
In making this plea, we would like to make it clear that withdrawing their names from the list would not in any way imply an admission of guilt.
If the withdrawal of their names from the list were to be accompanied by a clear statement that these comrades fully support the president's effort to eradicate corruption, it would send a message that they are part of and are committed to the fight against corruption that has begun in earnest.
Read the rest on News24.
The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Briefly.co.za
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!