ANC candidate list a 'slap in the face'
Corruption Watch says it is unacceptable that people accused of corruption were included
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC's decision to include people accused of corruption or have been subject to investigations by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is a slap in the face for ordinary South Africans, Corruption Watch said on Wednesday.
The ANC on Tuesday confirmed that former communications minister Dina Pule is on its National Assembly list, despite being fired after it emerged she abused public funds.
Northern Cape ANC leader John Block and former Youth League treasurer general Pule Mabe also made the list.
Both men are facing corruption charges.
Corruption Watch head David Lewis says including these names on the ANC's lists doesn't make sense.
"It seems like a real slap in the face to that committee and its going to be interesting for me to see what the ANC's Integrity Committee does about this, if anything."
Political analyst Sipho Seepe says the party's promise to fire anyone convicted of a criminal charge sets a very low standard.
"Simply relying on the issue of criminal conviction doesn't seem to be sufficient."
President Jacob Zuma is number one on the ANC's list of candidates for the National Assembly.
Zuma is followed by Cyril Rampahosa, Malusi Gigaba and Naledi Pandor.
The ANC says its list reflects the wishes of its branches and members.