It’s not too late, ANC lists will be cleaned: Mbalula

The ANC will use “surplus” candidates to shore up its list of MPs and MPLs to Parliament, should its integrity commission ask those implicated in allegations of corruption to step aside.

ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula was adamant on Monday that the ANC list — littered with candidates implicated in allegations of state capture and corruption — was “not set in stone” and can still be cleaned up, despite the Elections Commission of South Africa (IEC) saying that political parties could no longer tinker with their lists.

A special meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee last week agreed to refer the lists to the party’s integrity commission after the meeting heard that ordinary South Africans had raised the issue of the dodgy additions to the party’s lists with leaders while on the campaign trail.

He admitted that the campaign was negatively impacted by perceptions of corruption within the party.

He said surveys had shown that there were perceptions that the party did not act on corruption.

The party lists are a key factor said to be damaging the party’s prospects in the crucial general election taking place in a months time.

Briefing journalists on the 30-day countdown toward the election, Mbalula admitted that the campaign was not “going our way”. He explained that the ANC has had to campaign after years of declining support and it had to “win back the trust” of the electorate.

“The ANC is determined to act on its lists… that will happen. The integrity commission will make a determination on such… the list is not cast in stone… if it [integrity commission] requires people to step aside, they must step aside,” he said.

“The ANC never deployed anyone to be corrupt, people get corrupt on their own.”

When told by journalists that the IEC is on record saying that political parties cannot amend their submitted lists, Mbalula repeated that the party list is not cast in stone.

“The ANC has more than 200 [names], which is a surplus… if the integrity commission at any point in time concludes that the following people must step aside, that will apply,” he said.

“We have got reserves and those individuals can move up.”

He said the IEC was rightly referring to whether a party could add further names to its list, which it is not permitted to do.

If anyone was unhappy with the integrity commission process, they could appeal to the NEC as well as the party’s disciplinary committee of appeals.

Prominent ANC leaders on the list who have been implicated in allegations of corruption include Nomvula Mokonyane, Bathabile Dlamini, Gwede Mantashe, Malusi Gigaba and Mosebenzi Zwane.

ANC spokesman Dakota Legoete said even those who are subjected to investigations before chapter nine institutions such as the Public Protector, could be asked to step aside. Public enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan is under investigation by the public protector over a pension payout to former SA Revenue Service deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Natasha Marrian
Natasha Marrian
Marrian has built a reputation as an astute political journalist, investigative reporter and commentator. Until recently she led the political team at Business Day where she also produced a widely read column that provided insight into the political spectacle of the week.

Related stories


Subscribers only

Q&A Sessions: Marcia Mayaba —Driven to open doors for women

Marcia Mayaba has been in the motor industry for 24 years, donning hats that include receptionist, driver, fuel attendant, dealer principal and now chief...

The war on women in video game culture

Women and girls make up almost half of the gaming community but are hardly represented and face abuse in the industry

More top stories

Masuku loses appeal against SIU report on Covid graft

The judge found that when news of improprieties were brought to his attention, Masuku did not take steps to urgently intervene

Leaking De Ruyter’s affidavit countering racism claims was ‘malicious’ and...

Mkhuleko Hlengwa has pointed to people in Eskom or the public enterprises department for making the document public

SABS ‘contemplates’ 170 retrenchments to save R150m

Salaries account for 65% of the South African Bureau of Standards’ total operating‌ costs

Gerda Steyn shatters Colleen de Reuck’s South African marathon record

The 31-year-old long-distance runner is the current Comrades and Two Oceans champion

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…