ANC to act against 'rogue' members attacking state capture inquiry
Johannesburg - The ANC has condemned comments by some of its most prominent members who have gone "rogue" attacking the Zondo commission and the witnesses that have appeared.
The ANC head of presidency Zizi Kodwa said the party has taken note of some of its members who have used their social media platforms to run commentary on the inquiry for "their own selfish ends".
"It does not mean that the action of one individual does suggest that there is disorder within the ANC. There are rogue members who continue to undermine that unity for their own selfish ends," said Kodwa.
Some of the culprits include Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina who insinuated that the commission is being used to settle political scores.
He tweeted; "Someone must be held to account for public resources being used to settle political scores.".
While ANC Nelson Mandela Bay Councillor Andile Lungisa also commented that the commission was being used to settle political scores.
"The State Capture Inquiry (amongst others) is supposed to be an attempt by the ANC to recover its electoral standing and its renewed commitment to clean government – a mea culpa to the populace. But it is clear that it is mutating into a potential new factional battleground," Lungisa tweeted earlier this month.
Kodwa said the party's deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte had already spoken to some of the members about their behaviour which goes against the party's efforts for renewal.
"We have noticed that there has been extreme ill-discipline by members of the ANC and to that extent the deputy secretary general took an effort to speak to some of them. What they have been saying or tweeting on whichever platform it does not help the project of unity and renewal of the ANC. The names you are mentioning, there may be other names that we are not aware of, the deputy secretary general has already acted," Kodwa said.
"One of the decisions that we took was that we must be impatient with ill-discipline and we must act immediately. I can assure that someone of the names you have mentioned have already gotten an indication that their actions are not helping the broader resolutions of unity and renewal of the ANC," he said.
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