- The ANC's election list remains unchanged despite a public outcry
- Compromised individuals like Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane remain high on the list
- The DA and Cope allege that this indicates Ramaphosa's lack of power within his own party
Despite much public opposition, the ANC's list of election candidates has not been changed.
It still includes several names linked to corruption and other wrongdoing, such as Nomvula Mokonyane, Malusi Gigaba and more.
Cope claims that this a sign that the real power within the ANC is held by Secretary-General, Ace Magashule.
Professor Lesiba Teffo of the Centre for African Renaissance at Unisa told The Citizen that these compromised candidates were kept on the list because Cyril Ramaphosa fears a coup from within his party.
She suggested that if Ramaphosa purged corrupt individuals from the lists, the anti-Ramaphosa faction in the ANC might move to oust him.
The DA's Solly Malatsi has condemned the inclusion of these individuals on the list, especially after the ANC's own integrity commission raised concerns about some of them, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Indeed, Malatsi claims this is proof that Ramaphosa's rhetoric about a so-called "new dawn" is just that - rhetoric. He said that it indicated that the ANC did not have the political will to go after its members who have been implicated in corruption.
Cope has made similar statements, with the party's spokesperson Dennis Bloem saying that the ANC will effectively "return these looters to Parliament and to the Cabinet of Ramaphosa".
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