Editors Note: The ANC has declared that they have a zero-tolerance stance on corruption. However, Ralph Mathekga writes that questionable characters appearing on the ruling party's parliamentary list calls this into question.
Ralph Mathekga feels that the ruling party is sending mixed messages by allowing Nomvula Mokonyane, Malusi Gigaba and Bathabile Dlamini onto the ANC parliamentary lists.
The African National Congress claims that they are great leaders who have been misunderstood, but who deserve a chance to demonstrate their skills.
Nevertheless, the party's candidates list for members for deployment after the May 2019 elections has invited controversy.
The three members above have been a public concern since Cyril Ramaphosa was instated as president of the party. Questions have arisen as to why he would ignore logic and retain these members, especially when he claims he wishes to tackle corruption.
Nomvula Mokonyane has been implicated in the BOSASA scandal at the Zondo Commission, allegedly receiving bribes from the infamous company. Bathabile Dlamini has been exposed as immoral regarding social grant payments; she is implicated in illegally awarding the tender for the payments.
Malusi Gigaba was implicated in the illegal naturalisation of the controversial Gupta family; the family's presence in the country ultimately made the inquiry into state capture necessary.
One cannot help but wonder what this calibre of official would have to offer a country fighting off the consequences of corruption, and why the ANC would risk their presence in the face of the elections.
About the Author:
Ralph Mathekga is the author of When Zuma Goes and Ramaphosa's Turn. He is a senior researcher at UWC's Centre for Humanities Research.
Disclaimer: 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.
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