Integrity commission blasted by Mabuza for basing accusations on rumours

Integrity commission blasted by Mabuza for basing accusations on rumours

- SA deputy president, David Mabuza, recently criticized the ANC integrity commission for using hearsay and rumours to make accusations about him

- Mabuza attended a meeting with the commission just before President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration, in an attempt to clear his name of any shady labels before the event

- ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule, and various NEC members have subsequently backed Mabuza's claim

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South African deputy president, David Mabuza, has criticized the African National Cngress’ (ANC) integrity commission after attending an emergency meeting with the group this weekend.

Mabuza chose to postpone his swearing-in as deputy president for 2019 and attend a meeting with the commission in an attempt to wash away any uncertainties about the legitimacy of his dealings in the party.

The SA deputy president subsequently lambasted the integrity commission for making accusations against him that were based solely on hearsay and malicious rumours, IOL reported.

Mabuza went on to say that the commission was using sensational media reports to tarnish his name

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A national executive committee (NEC) member has added evidence to Mabuza’s claims that the commission may be targeting his reputation.

“The commission, which doesn’t even have an investigation capacity, compiled a report about 23 ANC members and sat on it for two to three months, leaking some of its content to their friends in the media. We applaud Comrade DD (Mabuza) for challenging their hypocrisy,” said the member.

Additionally, another member reiterated Mabuza’s claims that the integrity commission was simply relying on biased media pieces in order to accuse the deputy president of wrongdoing.

“Do you know what they produced as evidence against him? Newspaper clippings. They just produced newspapers and said, ‘can you explain this?’ That integrity commission is another faction within the ANC that always targets people that they don’t see eye-to-eye with,” the second member added.

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Magashule has subsequently contacted those red-flagged by the commission and encouraged them to go and clear their names.

“The commission can’t just produce a report about our members without hearing their side of the story. People of our comrades are saying that they don’t even know how they were implicated in the commission’s report.”

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