Questions raised about ANC candidate list

Fired minister Dina Pule and former Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi are on the list.

Fired minister Dina Pule and former Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi are on the ANC's national candidate list. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As the ANC faces questions about why people accused of misconduct are on its election lists, it says it doesn't tamper with the wishes of its branches.

On Tuesday, the party announced that fired Communications Minister Dina Pule and former Gauteng Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi were on its national candidate list.

Pule was found guilty by the public protector of maladministration, while a Parliamentary Committee led by the ANC's Ben Turok said she lied during an investigation into her conduct.

But despite that, she's number 70 on the party's National Assembly list, making her very likely to go back to Parliament.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party has an open process.

"Branches of the ANC nominate and it goes through the process of votes and we don't tamper with their wishes."

But he says no one with a criminal conviction is on this list.

Meanwhile, Members of Parliament (MPs) from all political parties on Tuesday delivered a farewell tribute to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Cape Town.

He will not return to the National Assembly as an MP after the 7 May general elections.

Motlanthe will instead head the ANC's political school.

The politician, who spent time on Robben Island for anti-apartheid activities, was one of the founders of the National Union of Mineworkers.

He entered Parliament in 2008 and later became president after the recall of then president Thabo Mbeki.

Motlanthe was made deputy president after President Jacob Zuma came to power in 2009.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said Motlanthe would be sorely missed.