- David Mabuza says the ANC's integrity commission could undermine party unity
- He added that he wanted to know why the commission had flagged him and several other candidates as unfit for the party's election lists
- However, he said he would accept the commission's decision if he believed its reasoning was legitimate
Deputy President David Mabuza says he wants to find out why the ANC's integrity commission found him and 22 other candidates unfit for the party's election lists.
He said he would consider withdrawing his name from the list if he believed the commission's reasons to be legitimate.
This follows the integrity commission delivering its report to the ANC leadership. However, the report will likely only be processed after this year's election.
According to City Press, the integrity commission said certain candidates on the ANC's election lists may harm the party's reputation in the elections, as they face allegations of corruption and other wrongdoing.
Other candidates singled out by the commission are expected to include Nomvula Mokonyane, Gwede Mantashe and Malusi Gigaba, among others.
However, Mabuza has also claimed that the integrity commission and its findings might divide the ANC, Briefly.co.za has gathered. He suggested that it may fan the flames of factionalism if certain blocs within the party were found guilty.
Despite this, Mabuza rubbished suggestions that some figures within the ANC is planning to remove Cyril Ramaphosa from the party leadership next year.
He said that Ramaphosa wasn't going anywhere, but added that neither were Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or embattled secretary-general Ace Magashule.
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