Rot blights ANC image
THE law should not be the sole barometer to measure misconduct in government.
While the courts determine the guilt or innocence of those accused, the bar for people who claim to be revolutionary should be higher.
Some leaders of the ANC have identified the party as a platform of patronage, power and self-enrichment, in the process defrauding the state.
The second arrest of ANC Northern Cape, chairman John Block on allegations of tender irregularities, should suggest to the ANC that he is not fit to lead. Though Block is not the first or the last ANC leader to face this kind of charges, the ANC has still not developed clear guidelines on how to deal with leaders arrested on allegations of corruption.
From the police, and Hawks to the office of the Public Protector, there are currently cases of misconduct involving ANC leaders that have not been concluded. The fact of the matter is that those being probed have brought the ANC into disrepute in far a worse a manner than reckless statements made by Julius Malema.
Given the number of arrests of its members in the past the ANC was supposed to have worked out the guidelines, but it hides behind innocent until proven guilty, which is not assisting the ANC to provide sound moral leadership in the country.
Last year the ANC national executive committee assigned its secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, to put together a code of conduct for its leaders that will reveal their business interests, but this has not happened. Such transparency would have helped the party to ensure that leaders do not get involved in businesses where they are conflicted or do direct business with people they know.
The ANC government has adopted Batho Pele principles, which say the government has to interact with and listen to the people it serves.
The same principle can be refined for the ANC with clear rules that members will be punished harshly for any wrongdoing.
At the moment, the ANC seems to tolerate corrupt activities among its leaders.
The ANC should be reminded that it is the ruling party, so an impression is created that the country is governed by a corrupt organisation.
Without rules of engagement for its leaders and business, the in-fighting for leadership positions will continue since this is used as a way to gain access to power.
It is not good enough for the ANC to always wait for the law to run its course. It has to develop stricter ethics.