ANC under fire over threats to axe Derek Hanekom

The ANC’s tripartite alliance partners are seething, yet again slamming the governing party for targeting individuals who are speaking out against corruption.

FILE: Former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) has been roundly condemned for threatening to axe national executive committee (NEC) member Derek Hanekom from his position as head of the party’s national disciplinary committee.

The organisation’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has written to the former Tourism Minister asking him to motivate why he should not be booted from the job.

Hanekom has been an outspoken critic of President Jacob Zuma.

He had also called for ANC MPs to vote with their conscience against Zuma in a recent motion of no confidence.

The ANC’s tripartite alliance partners are seething, yet again. Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)’s slammed the governing party for targeting individuals who are speaking out against corruption.

Cosatu has repeatedly criticised the party and wants Zuma out.

The trade union federation’s Sizwe Pamla says: “All of these people are actually defending the principles that have guided the ANC for quite a long time.

“To say you’re going to charge people who are calling for ethical leadership, you can’t pretend as if the president of the ANC is not the source of this political dissent.”

SACP AGAINST THE MOVE

The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it condemns in the strongest possible terms the ANC’s decision to take action against Hanekom.

The SACP’s Solly Mapaila says that the ANC is targeting the wrong person by going after Hanekom.

“The people who are mentioned in the emails saga that actually donated sovereignty of our country, that have participated in the effective corporate capture of our state and each organ are the ones that should have been prioritised to face the music.”

Meanwhile, Mondli Gungubele who also indicated he would vote against Zuma says he hasn’t received any notice of disciplinary action.

There’s also no indication that former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is being disciplined either, while Makhosi Khoza was removed from her position as a chair of a parliamentary portfolio committee last week.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)