Mantashe warns corrupt councillors

Gwede Mantashe said action will be taken against councillors that were fraudulently elected.

ANC’s Gwede Mantashe said action will be taken against councillors that were elected corruptly. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) on Monday warned that fraudulently elected ward councillors would be recalled.

The comments come after weekend media reports revealed that processes were manipulated and candidate lists were changed during local government elections.

On Monday, the NEC held its last meeting at Luthuli House in Johannesburg, ahead of its December elective conference in Mangaung.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said branch nomination processes went well.

But he said the November 30 deadline for the nominations will not be extended.

Mantashe said they accepted a report by a task team regarding problems experienced at ward level.

There were disputes in 419 wards.

Mantashe said strong action will be taken where ward councillors were elected through corrupt means.

It also emerged that some ward councillors in local government elections only joined the ruling party after the polls.

Mantashe said all the recommendations of the report were accepted.

"If the report said there was total flouting of rules, then we will recall the councillor involved, go for a by-election and contest that ward."

The NEC also endorsed the National Development Plan and wanted the ANC to centre all its policies around the project.