She is also arguing that the findings were therefore based on what they thought she should have done and not on existing policy.
“Comrade Diko therefore cannot be charged and sanctioned on the basis of what another member of the ANC believes she should have done,” the statement reads.
Diko also argues that the disciplinary committee may have solely relied on media reports and had no substantial evidence against her as throughout the entire disciplinary process, the committee could not tell her exactly what she was accused of doing, when and how.
Through her attorneys, Diko maintained she “has not broken any law or committed any unethical, unlawful and/or immoral act”.
“If anything, this process was nothing more than a continuing ruse to force her to ‘step aside’ as some of her own comrades in the PEC seek to continue their political witch-hunt on baseless unsubstantiated media allegations,” the statement reads.
She accused Khawe and the disciplinary committee of trying to circumvent the ANC guidelines on the step-aside issue. The guidelines said those who have been criminally charged in court must step down from their positions.
Diko has so far not been charged in relation to this or any matter.
“Khusela Diko wishes to confirm she is unaware of any agency of the government (including the National Prosecuting Authority and the SIU) having investigated her and found her guilty of unethical, unlawful and/or immoral conduct.”