The ANC says it commends Secretary-General, Ace Magashule for volunteering to go before the party’s Integrity Committee.
Magashule appeared before the committee on Saturday. He is charged with corruption, relating to a controversial Free State asbestos tender. “We have issued a statement commending the secretary-general of the ANC for voluntarily making himself available to make submissions and answer questions before the integrity commission,” said party spokesperson, Pule Mabe.
The integrity commission’s recommendations on Magashule will be sent to the ANC national executive committee, which will decide what to do with the report. Magashule is currently facing 21 charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering linked to his time serving as Free State premier.
Political analyst Mcebisi Ndletyana says nothing tangible is expected to come out of the Commission. Ndletyana says ANC members who are supposed to deal with corruption are themselves implicated in it.
“Corruption in the ANC has been institutionalised and a lot of people are implicated. It has been going on for a while. So, even though they might talk of corruption, people are reluctant to act against it because if they do, they’ll also be punished. That’s what you have. Corruption is pretty much paralysing the organisation. I don’t know what the Commission will come up with and in fact, the NEC might not act.”