Last week ANC national executive committee member Derek Hanekom found himself in the centre of a storm after confirming that he did meet with leaders of the EFF amid plans to oust former president Jacob Zuma in February 2018.
This opened a front for his detractors to attack him outside and inside the party and the matter was eventually discussed at the party’s NEC meeting which concluded on Monday.
The party’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte, said the matter referred to its internal structures for "further processing".
According to African News Agency (ANA), Duarte said the party’s top brass directed officials to look into the veracity of allegations against Hanekom after which a decision would be taken on how to handle the matter.
"Processing in the ANC doesn't mean making accusations without providing an opportunity for a person to give their side of the story. The accusations were made by a member of the opposition party [EFF], and the NEC directed us to look at these allegations by the EFF. This issue might go to the committee investigating the formation of small parties...and we should say that in no time did we say the committee is investigating the secretary general [Ace Magashule]. The committee is looking at any member of the NEC and ANC in general who might have had a part in the formation of other political parties," Duarte was quoted as saying.