- President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that the ANC has 'drawn a line in the sand', forcing members facing charges to step aside
- While the motion was aimed at rooting out corruption-accused politicians, Thandi Modise has found herself in the spotlight
- The Speaker of the National Assembly is facing charges and a new group of ANC members are gunning for her
The ANC's decision to clamp down on members facing charges has put Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise in a precarious predicament.
A formation within the ruling party, dubbing themselves Reclaim-ANC, has reportedly requested a meeting with the party's Integrity Commission to explain why it feels Modise should step aside.
The group says that it is ensuring all ANC top dogs facing court battles heed the call to step aside and Modise is first on their list.
Modise is facing private prosecution by Advocate Gerrie Nel who is representing the SPCA over the abandonment of one of her farms resulting in horrific instances of neglect.
On the case, Nel had commented on the National Prosecuting Authority's decision not to prosecute:
“Modise cannot be treated differently from other citizens by the NPA simply because she occupies an important political position. AfriForum’s private prosecution unit was particularly established to intervene in cases such as this of Modise."
IOL reports that both Modise's spokesperson and ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe have declined to comment on whether or not this new law would apply to the Speaker.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that the ANC had taken a tough stance on corruption, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing that:
“Cadres of the ANC who are convicted of corruption or other serious crimes must resign from leadership positions and face disciplinary action in line with the ANC constitution.”
Members of the ruling party who fail to provide satisfactory reasons as to why they are charged must face suspension, continued Ramaphosa:
“Cadres of the ANC who are reported to be involved in corrupt and other serious criminal practices must go to the Integrity Commission to explain themselves. Those who do not give an acceptable explanation may be suspended.”
This decision had been taken after Ramaphosa had confronted the ANC on corruption, prompting a meeting of the party's National Executive Committee over the past weekend.
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