The ANC has finally given in to demands calling for it to take another look at its controversial parliamentary list. The national elections are just over a month away.
As reported by Sowetan Live, the ruling party came under fire, in March, when its coveted list was made public.
Why is the ANC reviewing its parliamentary list?
While President Cyril Ramaphosa was seen as the beacon of light that would usher in a wave of renewal in governance, his party’s list reflected names that sparked dread in ordinary South Africans.
Embattled ministers such as the former Minerals Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, and Bathabile Dlamini who, after dismantling the Ministry of Social Development, was shifted to the Ministry of Women in the Presidency, also featured on the list.
Party members on the list implicated in corruption
Former Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, the embattled ex-Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, and the infamous Nomvula Mokonyane, also maintained their position on the list, despite the allegations of corruption and maladministration attached to them.
“The ANC has also listened to the people when they said our public representative candidates must reflect this spirit of renewal and integrity.
“As a further measure, therefore, the NEC has referred its lists in their totality to its integrity commission for review,” the party said in a statement.
Political parties often employ their guidelines and conference resolutions in finalising parliamentary lists.
For the ANC, the resolutions set out in its 54th Conference, and other vetting measures it took to arrive at those submitted names, will come into question if any changes are made to the list.
Does the Integrity C
ommission have binding powers?
Moreover, as reported by Business Day, this commission functions without any terms of reference. Therefore, whatever decisions it makes are open to litigation.
Since its formation seven years ago, it has only been decisive in one case: the VBS Mutual Bank saga where it recommended that all implicated party officials in Limpopo be removed from their positions.
That decision was not binding because, as the party’s Head of Elections — Fikile Mbalula — revealed, the body’s terms of reference are still being finalised.