Political analyst: ANC move against Hanekom not suprising

The ANC sent Derek Hanekom a letter saying he had 10 days to explain why he should not be removed because of a series of tweets.

FILE: Former tourism minister Derek Hanekom. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The chair of the African National Congress’ (ANC) national disciplinary committee Derek Hanekom now has to prepare a response by early next week as to why he should not be removed from his position.

It was confirmed overnight that ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe had sent Hanekom a letter saying he had 10 days to explain why he should not be removed because of a series of tweets he'd sent out saying that ANC MPs should do the right thing ahead of Parliament's vote on President Jacob Zuma.

Hanekom hasn't responded to calls for comment while Mantashe says he's not going to discuss the matter in public.

But political analyst Ralph Mathekga says this kind of move against Hanekom was to be expected.

“I’m not surprised about this being unleashed against them because it’s a clear demonstration by President Jacob Zuma as to who is in charge in the party.”

Last week, the ANC said it would discipline those people who had said in public they would vote against President Zuma but would not go on a witch-hunt to find out who had voted against Zuma in secret.

Makhosi Khoza is also facing disciplinary action from her home province of KwaZulu-Natal, while Pravin Gordhan and Mondli Gungubele had also said they would vote against Zuma.