The report will be sent to the office of Magashule who, according to reports, will also be investigated. Asked whether this will not cause a conflict of interest, ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said there was nothing indicating that Magashule would be investigated.
“Wide reports of media do not mean truth,” said Mabe. “We never said the SG [Magashule] is being investigated.”
The independent team, as the investigative team has been termed, has the powers of calling any member to appear before it.
They have also been empowered to “make findings against any member of the ANC after evaluating all the evidence and if prima facie evidence exists, including recommendations that disciplinary action be instituted against such member for contravening rule 25 of the ANC constitution pertaining to misconduct”.
The team will determine its own procedures and will not be dictated to by the ruling party, and the admissibility of any evidence placed before the investigating team will not follow that of a court of law.
Those who will be interviewed are not allowed to have legal representation during this process.