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Mantashe discusses Integrity Commission at ANC’s NGC

The ANC Secretary General says the Integrity Commission must have the power to make decisions & take action.

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe addresses the media at the party's NGC in Midrand on 9 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the Integrity Commission must have the powers to make decisions and take action against members affecting the reputation of the organisation.

Mantashe was briefing the media on Friday night after a closed session on the state of the organisation at the party's National General Council (NGC) in Midrand.

The ANC Secretary General says discussions were held about members who are facing charges or disciplinary action, and the powers of the Integrity Commission.

Mantashe says many recommendations from the commission have been implemented, for instance that a member should be suspended pending the outcome of a case.

"We've asked the general council to accept that the Integrity Commission should be given a task to take decisions."

But he says the recommendations were based on the hope that members would take it upon themselves to step down in these instances.

"All that is done now is to give the Integrity Commission some teeth."

Mantashe says this doesn't relate to President Jacob Zuma's situation in 2005, when he was charged, because he did step down and the NGC decided to reinstate him.

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