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What ANC integrity commission report says about David Mabuza

ANC Deputy President David Mabuza was only sworn-in as a member of the national assembly on Tuesday following his meeting with the party's integrity committee.
ANC Deputy President David Mabuza was only sworn-in as a member of the national assembly on Tuesday following his meeting with the party's integrity committee.
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The ANC's integrity commission chairperson George Mashamba has lambasted senior party members it had flagged in its report for not toeing the line.

In a copy of the integrity commission's report, seen by Sowetan, Mashamba gives a scathing review of senior party leaders who ignored the party's 2017 Nasrec elective conference resolutions by failing to subject themselves before the commission.

But what does the report actually say about Mabuza - who postponed his swearing in in order to meet with the commission - and the 22 other ANC candidates it reportedly "flagged"?

The report demands that the 22 leaders flagged for facing allegations of corruption explain themselves and be recommends their removal from the party's parliament list.

The commission also calls for members who have been “accused of, or reported to be involved in corrupt practices” to account to it or face disciplinary action.

“... what most disturbed the IC [commission] was that not one of the comrades accused publicly of corruption, have respected the resolution of conference and accounted to the IC,” the report reads.

The report, separated the individuals into three categories: those who have been found guilty by the Constitutional Court; those who have been mentioned in the commission of inquiry; and those facing court cases or those accused of corruption by individuals.

Mabuza and head of ANC president’s office Zizi Kodwa are mentioned in the latter category, while Mosebenzi Zwane, Supra Mahumapelo, Gwede Mantashe and Faith Muthambi are on the list of those mentioned in the commissions of inquiry. Bathabile Dlamini and Malusi Gigaba are the only two leaders in the category on constitutional judgments.

The report, although undated but signed, is believed to have been sent to the office of the secretary general of the ANC before April 14 and calls on the 22 ‘comrades’ to be removed from the list of 400 people headed to parliament until they have cleared their names.

“While we note that the allegations of corruption differ, we have categorised them accordingly, and are recommending that the following 22 comrades be removed from the national legislature list,” the report reads.

However, it is alleged that the secretary-general Ace Magashule’s office did not inform those who have been flagged that they are expected to appear before the commission, failing which they will face disciplinary action.

The flagged individuals only received the letters on May 22, over a month after the office is said to have been in possession of the report.

According to party insiders, this was done deliberately so there would not be enough time for members to present themselves before the commission ahead of the swearing in of MPs.

Mabuza was also sent the report, signed by Magashule, on May 22 and is signed by Magashule.

It reads in part: “Dear comrade, you are hereby requested, as a matter of urgency, to make yourself available to meet with the integrity commission.”

Magashule did not respond to questions at the time of going to print, while his deputy Jessie Duarte said:“I refuse to answer to false stories and gossip. Good night”.

Insiders close to Mabuza, who was sworn in on Tuesday after meeting with the commission, said Magashule’s letter on May 22 was prompted by the deputy president’s decision to postpone his swearing-in.

“He was not going to write to Mabuza if he had not written to him first. And the fact that he had also on the same day written to the commission requesting to meet with them made him write that,” said an insider.

Mabuza, according to party insiders, had initially requested to meet the commission last week Wednesday but was only able to meet with them on Friday after storming the commission’s meeting.

“He had to force for the commission to sit [and meet him]. He heard that there was already a meeting planned by the commission on Friday and he arrived. They said to him 'no we are meeting come at 5pm because we want to have our own meeting first',” said a source close to the matter.

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