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DA ‘exploring criminal charges’ against Gwede Mantashe

The Democratic Alliance has accused the ANC secretary general of threatening MPs.

FILE: ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it’s exploring criminal charges against African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe for what the party views as threats against Members of Parliament (MPs).

On Monday, the ANC’s chief whip in Parliament Jackson Mthembu called on the party to act against MP Mondli Gungubele whom he says is part of a defiance campaign against President Jacob Zuma.

Mantashe said the party could not allow free agents within its ranks.

But DA chief whip John Steenhuisen says Mantashe’s utterances violate the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament Act.

The Act makes it an offence to coerce, threaten or intimidate MPs to behave in a certain manner.

“We will be exploring various options in terms of how we’ll hold Mr Mantashe accountable for his violation of this Act.”

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Gungubele has publicly announced he will be voting in favour of a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

With a week to go before ANC MPs will have to defend Zuma in Parliament, the party is struggling to rein in some in its caucus, including Gungubele, who is a former mayor of Ekurhuleni.

He has repeatedly said he’s lost confidence in Zuma and will be siding with the opposition next Tuesday.

Mthembu said he's already raised the issue of Gungubele's behaviour with senior party structures

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)