Mkhize to fight against graft, restoring ANC image if elected as party leader

Zweli Mkhize says that after the December conference, the ANC must focus on the integrity of its leaders so that South Africans can regain trust in the organisation.

FILE: ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkize.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize says that if he gets elected as leader of the party at the elective conference in December, he will focus on fighting corruption and restoring the image of the party.

Mkhize spoke to Eyewitness News on a wide range of issues, in which he confirmed he’s ready to accept nominations from branches that want him to be the next ANC president.

Now that Mkhize has revealed that he intends serving as leader of the ANC, the focus is on his plan of action.

“Focus on clean governance as well as fighting corruption because that again is an area where the image of the organsiation gets eroded by some of the conduct of those in charge of aspects of government.”

But is he ready for possible smear campaigns?

“There would be those who might try and discredit, I think those kinds of things are possible. When you go through this period, you anticipate such.”

He says that after the December conference, the ANC must focus on the integrity of its leaders so that South Africans can regain trust in the organisation.

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ANC MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

Mkhize says that the leadership of the party must partly take responsibility for the political killings in KwaZulu-Natal.

Former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sinsido Magaqa died on Wednesday after being shot, along with two other councillors in KwaZulu-Natal two months ago.

There have been political tensions in the province which have resulted in the murders of many ANC leaders.

Mkhize says this is worrying.

“I think it’s leadership that needs to be standing firm and being strong to actually ask the question: what is happening there and why should be happening inside a space where there is no clear conflict among all the other members? It is important that the leadership of ANC needs to tighten the grip at that level.”

LESSON

On Tuesday, Magaqa was described as a humble servant who always put others first.

A prayer session was held at his home near uMzimkhulu.

Senior ANC leaders and members descended on Magaqa's home village in Ibisi in uMzimkhulu.

KZN ANC chair Sihle Zikalala said the ongoing killings of comrades has become an embarrassment.

“The killings of the comrades is an embarrassment. Whenever it happens, it's embarrassing the organisation. But more so it’s becoming bad for KwaZulu-Natal”

ANC NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Magaqa's life should serve as a lesson for both the party and the country.

“Comrade Sindoso has taught us lots of lessons, young as he is ... that whatever happens to you in the ANC, the ANC is bigger than all of us.”

Jabulile Mzizi and Nontsikelelo Mafa who were with Magaqa on the day of the shooting were also there for the prayer service.

Additional reporting by Ziyanda Ngcobo.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)