- The ANC has distanced itself from comments made by Supra Mahumapelo on the party's position on Busisiwe Mkhwebane
- A statement issued on Facebook warns members not to make pronouncements on behalf of the party
- The statement mentions Mahumapelo and that he spoke in his personal capacity and not for the party
The ANC has released a statement on Facebook telling its members that Supra Mahumapelo spoke in his personal capacity while defending the embattled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Briefly.co.za learned that the party went further and warned its members not that the ANC has not yet discussed its position on the Mkhwebane.
In a strongly worded part of the statement, the party said that the ANC Caucus in Parliament was the only authority able to pronounce on positions of the party.
The ANC Caucus in Parliament, guided by the national office, is the sole authority mandated to pronounce on positions of the ANC on matters before it - not individual members unless so delegated.
The statement reminded members that individual leaders work as a unit in a collective.
The ANC once again reminds its members of the principles that inform organisational discipline as articulated in Through the Eye of the Needle that “individual leaders are elected into collectives which should work as a unit…No single person is a leader unto himself or herself, but a member of a collective which should give, considered, canvassed guidance to membership and society as a whole.”
The ANC's statement is in response to the recent comments made by Supra Mahumapelo on Mkhwebane.
The politician is adamant that the Public Protector was doing a 'marvellous' job, despite the unprecedented motion against her:
“Very soon we are going to release what some of us have done as analysis of the performance of the office of public protector, factual reasons why the public protector cannot go because she has done very, very well. It's not an official ANC position but according to me the public protector has done a sterling job."
Mahumapelo seemed convinced the ruling party would side with his views when it came to determining Mkhwebane's fate:
“That bridge we are going to cross it when we come to it. The ANC will discuss that matter at that particular point but I can tell you now in the ANC there is no decision to remove the public protector. The decision of the ANC is that Chapter 9 institutions must be supported and if there are issues relating to Chapter 9 institutions, those issues must be ventilated according to the rules of procedure that have been made."
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