Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng premier candidate, Solly Msimanga led a demonstration outside the ANC headquarters Luthuli House where the party dumped orange overalls, similar to those worn by prisoners, and handcuffs in a mock preparation for the arrest of the ruling party’s “corrupt” officials.
“We hope the ANC will make use of these,” said Msimanga pointing at the pile of overalls.
The DA had intended to present the ANC with a petition that apparently contained more than 500 000 signatures that were objecting to some of the names on the ANC’s lists to the National Assembly, National Council of Provinces and various Provincial Legislatures.
The ANC’s lists have come under great scrutiny after certain names that appeared on it were highly criticized not only by oppositions but by the party’s veterans as well.
Secretary-general Ace Magashule, implicated in allegations of rampant corruption in the Free State has made it on to the lists.
Former Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, a figure closely-linked with the Gupta family and state capture; Nomvula Mokonyane, the Environmental Affairs Minister whose ties with Bosasa were laid bare at the Zondo commission, also featured prominently in the list.
Msimanga called for action to be taken against “corrupt” ANC members.
“The criminals on your list belong in prison not parliament,” Msimanga added.
“We shall not keep silent when our coffers are being looted. Corruption within the ANC has been the order of the day for far too long. The ANC cannot be trusted to turn the country around with the same cast of characters who destroyed it in the first place.”
Acting ANC national spokesperson Dakota Legoete, described the DA’s actions as a sign of desperation.
“We feel sorry for the DA and its leadership, who are clearly desperate, given that their elections campaign of misinformation, obfuscation,” said Legoete.
“We had the capacity to mesmerize them, but we chose not to do it. We had to ask our members and ask them dearly to not come closer to our head offices today. They were ready to take them on, but we can’t promote violence and give dignity to provocation. We had to act responsibly.
The ANC’s integrity commission (IC) – which was mandated by the governing party’s highest decision-making body to review its lists of candidates for the national assembly and provincial legislatures – has confirmed that it has completed its work.
And the report is said to have recommended, among other names, that ANC deputy president David Mabuza and national chairperson Gwede Mantashe be among those that should step aside. Other ANC heavyweights that insiders say are in the firing line include Bathabile Dlamini, ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula, Zizi Kodwa as well as Thabang Makwetla.