African National Congress (ANC) leaders who supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s failed bid for ANC Presidency in 2017 feel targeted.
This is according ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule, who made the revelation in an interview with the Sunday Times.
Magashule said ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) members Bongani Bongo and Mosebenzi Zwane have formally complained to him that the party’s Integrity Commission and the country’s law enforcement agencies are unfairly targeting them.
‘That’s how they feel’
He said, “That’s how those people feel. That’s how Mosebenzi Zwane feels. That’s how Bongo feels.”
Bongo was recently arrested on charges of allegedly attempting to bribe an evidence leader to scuttle a parliamentary inquiry into alleged capture of state-owned enterprises in 2017.
In an interview with eNCA shortly thereafter, he publicly accused fellow NEC member Pravin Gordhan of orchestrating his arrest.
The ANC Integrity Commission recently issued a statement calling on the NEC to “instruct” Bongo to step aside as an MP and chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs.
Ramaphosa to meet Bongo, Gordhan
Parliament’s ethics committee has also reportedly asked Zwane and another NEC member, Faith Muthambi, to explain their alleged roles in state capture.
Regarding Bongo’s public claim against Gordhan, Magashule confirmed that the NEC had discussed the matter in its meeting last week.
He said the NEC instructed ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa to hold a meeting with the two leaders to resolve their differences.
Magashule explained, “Bongo has met me. The president will definitely meet Bongo and Pravin. Zwane has raised this matter officially.”
He urged other party leaders to report their grievances formally with his office, rather than publicly, so they can be resolved internally.
It is unclear whether or not the NEC asked Bongo to step aside. In his post-NEC meeting media briefing last week, Magashule said the NEC had agreed that the Integrity Commission “must be consistent” in addressing integrity issues in the party.