ANC won’t rake up its bad apples

The ANC finds itself in another predicament with complaints about its alleged selective morality regarding some leaders, particularly in the Eastern Cape, who remain in positions of power even though there are allegations of improper conduct against them.

In the latest complaint, businessperson and party member Lonwabo Bam has asked why the national executive committee has not instructed Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane to step aside.

Bam’s letter to the party’s highest decision-making body (outside of national conferences) questions why Mabuyane has not stepped aside while the public protector is investigating serious allegations against him and two others. 

“Indeed we have seen ANC Gauteng PEC [provincial executive committee] taking very progressive decisions against some of their own asking them to step down pending the outcomes of the investigation of the allegations against them as per the 2015 NGC [national general council] resolution and reaffirmed by the 54th national conference of the ANC in Nasrec 2017. 

“The PEC of the ANC in the Eastern Cape has done the same with Comrade Andile Lungisa. He resigned. So all I’m asking for is consistent leadership. There are serious allegations before three members of the ANC Eastern Cape PEC. However, they are still occupying top government departments despite the serious allegations against them,” said Bam in a letter to the office of ANC secretary general Ace Magashule. 

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed that Magashule did receive the complaint, but did not respond to the Mail & Guardian’s questions about the allegations of selective morality.

Bam had submitted two affidavits to the Hawks and public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane claiming that he was instructed to send a R1.1-million invoice to the Mbizana municipality even though he had not done any work.

The M&G has previously reported about Bam’s claims that part of the money he received from Mbizana was used to pay for renovations at Mabuyane’s East London home. Bam also alleged that some of the money was used to help buy a Bentley Bentayga, which was bought by the Eastern Cape public works MEC Babalo Madikizela. 

Bam had attached to his affidavit WhatsApp messages between himself and Madikizela showing the banking details of car dealer LSM Distributors Randburg for the purchase of a Bentley worth about R4.4-million, as well as the banking details of an East London draftsman who did the renovations at Mabuyane’s home. 

But Madikizela, who was a close friend of Bam, argued that he had only asked for the money because Bam owed it to him and not as a kickback from a tender.

The Sunday Times recently reported that the public protector was investigating these allegations. Bam had been summoned in February to Mkhwebane’s office for an interview, and Mabuyane and Madikizela confirmed having responded to that office’s queries regarding the allegations. 

In a second affidavit, Bam also made allegations of improper conduct against Eastern Cape transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe and Mabuyane’s chief of staff, Baphelele Mhlaba, in another tender. Both have also previously stated that they have responded to the public protector’s office. 

Tikana-Gxothiwe has come under fire recently after it emerged that her husband had benefited from a sum of R1.6-million from the supply of Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) from the province’s education department. 

In Gauteng, the health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku and presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko were asked to take leaves of absence regarding a PPE scandal involving Diko’s spouse. The PEC also referred the scandal to the ANC’s integrity committee. Two weeks ago Masuku appeared before the committee as part of the investigation into the PPE  allegations in the province. Yet no such action has been taken against members who have been accused in the Eastern Cape.

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.

Thanduxolo Jika
Thanduxolo Jika

Thanduxolo Jika is an investigative Journalist and Co-Author of We are going to kill each other today:The Marikana Story. The Messiah of Abantu.

Related stories

In terms of future-telling failures, this is a Major One

Bushiri knows how to pull a crowd. Ace knows a ponzi scheme. Paddy Harper predicts that a new prophet may profit at Luthuli House

Free State branches gun for Ace

Parts of the provincial ANC will target their former premier, Magashule, and the Free State PEC in a rolling mass action campaign

Hawks swoop down with more arrests in R1.4-billion corruption blitz

The spate of arrests for corruption continues apace in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Ailing Far East Rand hospital purchases ‘vanity’ furniture

Dr Zacharia Mathaba, who purchased the furniture, is a suspected overtime fraudster and was appointed as Gauteng hospital chief executive despite facing serious disciplinary charges

Eusebius McKaiser: Reject the dichotomy of political horrors

Senekal shows us that we must make a stand against the loud voice of the populist EFF and racist rightwingers

Cartoon: No escapé for Signor Agrizzi

Angelo Agrizzi will have to enjoy the South African government’s hospitality for the time being

Subscribers only

Toxic power struggle hits public works

With infighting and allegations of corruption and poor planning, the department’s top management looks like a scene from ‘Survivor’

Free State branches gun for Ace

Parts of the provincial ANC will target their former premier, Magashule, and the Free State PEC in a rolling mass action campaign

More top stories

Entrepreneurs strike Covid gold

Some enterprising people found ways for their ventures to survive the strictest lockdown levels

Ithala backs its embattled chairperson

Roshan Morar is being investigated in connection with KwaZulu-Natal education department backpack sanitiser tender worth R4-million and a batch of face masks that vanished

Inside the illicit trade in West Africa’s oldest artworks

Nok terracottas are proof that an ancient civilisation once existed in Nigeria. Now they are at the centre of a multimillion-dollar, globe-spanning underground industry — and once again, Nigeria is losing out

Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza: Liberating Africa from land of liberté

The cultural and political activist is on a quest to bring looted treasures back home

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday