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Johannesburg - The ANC's integrity committee has recommended that the ANC officials implicated in the VBS report should step aside from their leadership positions. 

A statement issued by the committee's chairperson, George Mashamba, on Monday morning stated that the committee believes the ANC's reputation has been seriously damaged. 

The SARB released the extensive report titled "The Great Bank Heist" two weeks ago which detailed how R2 billion was illegally paid out to 53 individuals between 2015 and 2018. 

Danny Msiza, the ANC treasurer in Limpopo, had been fingered as a middleman of the scam in the report. 

ANC Limpopo deputy chairperson Florence Radzilani, who is also the mayor of Vhembe district municipality, has also been implicated by the VBS report.

"It was reported to the national integrity commission that these members had been advised by the secretary general’s office to approach the national integrity commission in accordance with the resolution of the 54th National Conference that “…every cadre accused of, or reported to be involved in, corrupt practices accounts to the Integrity Commission immediately or faces disciplinary action”. Thus far, they have not done so.

"Having considered the matter, the national integrity commission is of the view that the reputation and credibility of the African National Congress has been seriously damaged. To protect the integrity and reputation of the ANC, the National Integrity Commission recommends to the national executive committee that these members should be directed to step aside from all leadership positions and all activities of the ANC."