The Gauteng branch of the self-styled Radical Economic Transformation (RET) President Zuma Support Group has questioned the legitimacy of some African National Congress (ANC) leaders.
In a statement on Thursday, the group’s spokesperson Carl Niehaus said ANC leaders cannot provide leadership in solving the country’s economic challenges when there are “serious” allegations that money was used to influence their election at the party’s 54th national conference.
He wrote, “Such leadership cannot be provided when our elected national leaders are under a dark cloud of illegitimacy, because of serious allegations piling up about how they got elected at the 54th National Conference of the ANC, at Nasrec, in December 2017.”
‘Fundamental legitimacy crisis’
Niehaus cited recent comments by ANC veteran Tokyo Sexwale, who similarly claimed that the conference was “money-infested.”
ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Lindiwe Sisulu also recently said if the claims are true, “we must do something about it.”
Niehaus said, “The possibility that the ANC, and its leadership, had been bought, and is now controlled by the big white monopoly powers who are alleged to have paid the money, is too ghastly to contemplate!
“This constitutes a fundamental legitimacy crisis. Until it is cleared up the ANC, and our leaders, will continue to limp along under the unbearable burden of debilitating innuendo and suspicion.”
He gave some examples of the allegations, including an audio recording allegedly of ANC NEC member Ronald Lamola apparently discussing a “package” for delegates at the 2017 conference. Lamola has previously stated that someone impersonated him in that recording.
Niehaus added, “Other allegations swirl around of clandestine regular early Monday morning breakfast meetings at Bidvest House in Melrose Arch, between the owners of some of the largest white monopoly capital companies (WMC), and some very senior office bearers of the ANC, before the regular Monday National Office Bearers (NOB) meetings commence at Luthuli House.
“Allegations are made that instructions are issued at Bidvest House, that are then later in the day imposed at the ANC NOB meetings in Luthuli House.”
He said the fact that the Pretoria high court sealed documents relating to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign “is very negative for our President” because it has led to suspicions.
Application to unseal CR17 documents
The group therefore called for a “properly constituted inquiry” into the allegations and said they will write to ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule in that regard.
Niehaus added, “We, furthermore, believe that in order to conduct a successful investigation, such a formal inquiry will require access to the CR17 campaign bank statements that are currently still blocked from scrutiny by the Pretoria high court.
“It is our firm belief that the ANC has the jurisdiction, and right, to scrutinise these documents, because it is by now an established fact that they will shed light on whether the allegations of Conference, and vote, buying are true.
“As concerned ANC members, in good standing, we will therefore – as an interested party – formally apply to the Pretoria high court to release the CR17 campaign bank statements.”
Current Affairs ZA has reached out to the ANC for comment, which will be added to this article once received.