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As the face of the ANC election campaign, Jacob Zuma has been making the right noises. First he is reported to have told his comrades in the national executive committee that he is not indebted to anyone - and therefore no-one should be expecting any "jobs for pals" from him.
Such a statement goes a long way to deal with the concerns that Zuma is in fact indebted to ANC members who supported him during his leadership tussle with former president Thabo Mbeki.
There have been concerns among opinion makers that those who worked hard to garner support for him and upset the Mbeki applecart could feel that it was now "payback time."
Taken at face value his utterances could be said to be assuring. It is also important that he says these things now, before he goes into office, because we can then hold him to account later on.
Only last week Zuma told his audience at a rally in Rustenburg that his government would not tolerate any laziness. Those who do not perform will be removed from office, including himself, Zuma told the crowd.
Coming from a leader of a party that is well-known for its ability to close ranks - this is indeed a mouthful. Previously the ANC-led government has not shown any enthusiasm in dealing with incompetence.
Instead, the South African public has had the misfortune of having bumbling ministers such as Correctional Service's Ngconde Balfour and Makhenkisi Stofile of the Department of Sport thrust on them.
We can only hope that Zuma will also be able to deal with political zealots like KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni and Tshwane Metro mayor Gwen Ramokgopa's husband Allen Lephoko - whose public utterances sent shivers down the spine.
For the record, Nkonyeni is to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court from June 1 to 12.
The state has accused Nkonyeni of interfering with the purchase of a cancer-screening machine. It says the tendering process was flawed.
According to the state, Nkonyeni allegedly approved a payment of R1,5million for the device which could have been bought for R425000.
Nkonyeni is out on R10000 bail. Nkonyeni and businessman Lindelihle Mkhwanazi face charges of fraud and corruption and a senior official in the department, Mduduzi Ntshangase, faces a charge of fraud and contravening the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).
Now Nkonyeni has come out against the PFMA saying it is being used by "so-called accounting officers whose political loyalty is not known - to frustrate ANC politicians".
The PMFA was introduced to regulate financial management in government; and to ensure that all revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of that government are managed effectively.
Essentially, the law creates checks and balances to ensure that, for example, politicians like Nkonyeni do not abuse public finance and to fight corruption.
So, Nkonyeni has said that we should get rid of this law so that it can be a free-for-all when it comes to access to public coffers. According to Nkonyeni, ANC politicians know what is right and should not have to be accountable.
This does sound somewhat ominous, coming from someone who is facing corruption charges. What is more bothersome is that Nkonyeni called on "Ubaba wethu Umsholozi to change this law".
Despite Zuma's assurances to the contrary, Nkonyeni also threatened that an SABC journalist would lose his job after the elections - which also smacks of political purging.
This certainly goes against the spirit that Zuma has been creating that he wants to run a clean and efficient government, and not one that's going to clobber anyone it feels is not toeing the line.