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Mthembu: Gungubele’s utterances worst form of ill-discipline

Mthembu says Gungubele’s utterances are the worst form of ill-discipline and go beyond being a parliamentary caucus matter.

FILE: The African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng provincial disciplinary committee head Mondli Gungubele, addressed the media in Johannesburg on 11 April 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, wants the party to rein in Member of Parliament, Mondli Gungubele, for his repeated public utterances that he will be voting against President Jacob Zuma in the motion no confidence scheduled for next Tuesday.

Mthembu says Gungubele’s utterances are the worst form of ill-discipline and go beyond being a parliamentary caucus matter.

The ANC’s Nonceba Mhlauli says: “The office of the ANC Chief Whip has noticed with regret that there seems to be a complete collapse of discipline among certain ANC Members of Parliament and comrade Gungubele has become the latest ANC MP to join this defiance campaign to speak against party leaders.”

Gungubele last week said that he finds it difficult to have confidence in President Jacob Zuma when there is always bad information emerging about him.

Gungubele says the Black First Land First (BLF) movement has said it's intimidating and harassing journalists to protect Zuma and the president not distancing himself from this, which has to be questioned.

He is part of a growing number of ANC MPs who have publicly called for Zuma to go.

Others include Pravin Gordhan and Makhosi Khoza who was recently charged with ill-discipline by the party.

The former Ekurhuleni mayor says he has not changed his mind and will still vote for Zuma's removal when the motion of no confidence is heard in Parliament in less than two weeks.

“I find it difficult to have confidence in the president.”