Mokonyane: MPs who don’t want to be in ANC should leave

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the party will have to take action against those who have spoken out against the ANC.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Makonyane addressing the media at the Women’s Dialogue hosted by her department in Sandton. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the party will have to take action against those who have spoken out against the African National Congress (ANC).

She also says she hates the labelling of Members of Parliament (MPs) who voted against President Jacob Zuma in the motion of no confidence rebels.

She was speaking on the sidelines of the Women’s Dialogue hosted by her department in Sandton.

Mokonyane says the victimisation of people assumed to have voted against the President in Parliament last week will sow more divisions within the party.

But she says those who have actively gone out to bring the movement into disrepute should be dealt with.

“There are those, unfortunately, who’ve revealed to us… and those are the ones the ANC must act on.”

Mokonyane says MPs who don’t want to be in the party should leave.

“And they must disabuse themselves… by continuously saying they’re embarrassed to serve under this ANC. If you’re embarrassed pack your bags and go.”

She says where there are assumptions and vague lists with names of people who voted against Zuma, the matter should be dealt with carefully.

‘PUNISH DEFECTORS’

President Zuma wants the ANC to identify and punish party members who voted against him in a no confidence motion in parliament last week.

Some 30 ANC lawmakers supported the opposition motion in a secret ballot on 8 August, not enough for it to pass but the defection exposed rifts within the ANC that could weaken Zuma's ability to influence the choice of next party leader at elections in December.

Addressing an ANC meeting late on Sunday, Zuma called the defectors “people who have double hearts, one for the ANC and one for other parties,” and said they “must be taken to the (ANC) disciplinary committee,” South African media reported.

It was unclear how the party would be able to determine who had voted against Zuma or what action could be taken against them.

Critics say Zuma’s priority is to ensure he retains sufficient control over the party to ensure that his chosen candidate succeeds him as a leader so he can avoid scrutiny over corruption allegations that have dogged his eight years in power.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)