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ANC to name and shame

African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe fields questions from reporters during a news conference in Johannesburg, Monday, 17 January 2011 following the NEC ordinary meeting and NEC lekgotla which took place last week. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe fields questions from reporters during a news conference in Johannesburg, Monday, 17 January 2011 following the NEC ordinary meeting and NEC lekgotla which took place last week. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Published Oct 9, 2015

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Johannesburg - The ANC has decided that business people who fund individual leaders and spend huge resources in “throwing dirt at imaginary enemies” in the organisation must be named.

In an organisational report to be presented by the party’s secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, to the ANC’s national general council later on Friday, he said the corporate capture of the ANC had to end.

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“The NEC [national executive committee] has decided that this must be confronted and culprits name publically. Only when we stop generalising will the ANC succeed in fighting this tendency,” the report reads.

“These business people, in return, get contracts and tenders even when they have no capacity, and thus weaken the capacity of the government to deliver.

“The risk is that of the ANC being sold to the highest bidder, with leadership structures becoming gatherings of various business interests. This poses a threat to the ANC, that of losing the essence of what it stands for, and have its image dented in the eyes of the public.”

Mantashe said that corruption and factionalism had to come to an end.

He said it was time that the integrity commission be supported by more party members and its responsibilities strengthened”.

The commission has not implemented many of its recommendations because of party members fearing admitting guilt by stepping aside.

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