Implementation of Nkandla ConCourt ruling not our job - ANC
The party says its branches have accepted President Zuma’s apology for his handling of the Nkandla matter.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's not its place to monitor whether the instructions of a Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla debacle are being implemented.
Speaking at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg yesterday, Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said ANC branches had accepted President Jacob Zuma's apology for his handling of the Nkandla matter.
But, Mantashe said the ANC will not interfere in the implementation of the ruling.
The Constitutional Court found that the president failed to uphold his oath of office when he ignored the Public Protector's report into spending at his private homestead.
Shortly after the ruling, the president apologised for the frustration and confusion around Nkandla.
Mantashe says the ruling party would be interfering by monitoring the implementation of the Constitutional Court ruling.
"It can't be the business of the National Executive Committee (NEC) to get into Treasury and call the team there and ask, 'How far are you?'"
He says the ANC supports the decision made by the court and the timelines it has set.
"Treasury must go and assess the costs. It is given 60 days and the president is given 45 days."
Mantashe says ANC branches have chosen to accept Zuma's apology for the sake of maintaining unity in the party.
He says the decision to accept the president's apology was taken by all branches.
"Overwhelmingly, the branches of the ANC confirmed the decision of the NWC not to recall the president. Branches emphasised the importance of unity of the movement in accepting the apology of the president."
He says only one ANC member submitted a written letter on allegations of state capture.
"Following the call by the ANC for comrades to provide any information about alleged business influence on the state, a number of comrades, eight to be exact, came forward to engage with the office of the secretary-general. It was unfortunate that only one of them could make a written submission on the matter."
Mantashe says the party has noted the need to find ways of addressing its own mistakes.
"We should devise a formula of dealing with the mistakes that we are committing. Sometimes we commit mistakes ourselves."
He says the ANC supports the ruling made by the Constitutional Court and has called on state institutions to implement the necessary measures.
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Over the weekend, the party held its national candidate list conference in Pretoria.
The outcomes of that conference have since been handed over to the party's National Executive Committee.