ANC defends candidate list

The list has been met with scepticism as it includes the names of people accused of corruption.

The list has been met with scepticism as it includes the names of people accused of corruption. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has defended the list of candidates it has submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission, saying the party respects all its members and people are chosen based on merit.

The list has been met with scepticism, as it includes the names of several individuals who have clouds hanging over them.

Disgraced former communications minister Dina Pule and former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi are both on the list.

Also on the list are Andile Lungisa, John Block and Pule Mabe who all face charges of fraud or corruption.

The ANC's Manne Dipico says its members are innocent until proven guilty and they all need to be given a chance.

"There are people we have to respect in terms of the law of South Africa who are charged but haven't been found guilty so we don't have a leg to stand on to remove those people from the list."

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) lashed out at the ANC over its national list, saying it shows just how much the party prioritises the benefit of individuals over the people of the country.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane said, "The systems from the ANC allow them to arrive at such lists and it's a list that has been designed to make sure the ANC thrives rather than the people of this country."

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