Mkhize: I'm ready to accept ANC Presidency nominations

ANC Treasurer Zweli Mkhize is also well aware that there will be smear campaigns against him now that he’s entered the fray.

FILE:  ANC TG Zweli Mkhize applauds during the final plenary on 5 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize has told Eyewitness News he is ready to accept nominations from branches who want him to be the next party president and says he's ready for any smear campaign that may be thrown his way.

Mkhize spoke to EWN on a wide range of issues on Wednesday afternoon.

When asked if he’s ready to serve, Mkhize said: “I’m ready to be part of the leadership and I’ll be ready to serve. I’ll accept the nominations where they nominate me.”

He is also well aware that there will be smear campaigns against him now that he’s entered the fray.

“I would not doubt that there will be attempts to throw mud at whoever has got their names mentioned. I would not doubt that there will be those who want to create confusion.”

He says should he be elected President, his priorities will be to renew the party, revive the confidence of South Africans and to focus on strengthening governance.

The ANC Treasurer General also says no ANC leader will be protected from prosecution if they are found to be implicated in state capture.

He’s once again called for the establishment of the commission of inquiry into state capture to be expedited.

He says if there is proof that some ANC leaders are complicit, they will be held accountable

“I don’t believe there is a lot of choices here; it’s a matter of something that has been proven. But if there is clear evidence of misconduct, inconsistent with either our Constitution or the country’s Constitution, it should be possible to deal with it.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)