ANC NDC overturns Masuku, Diko suspensions from Gauteng PEC

The ANC’s national disciplinary committee has found them not guilty of contravening the party’s constitution or of unethical behaviour and said they can resume their duties as PEC members.

FILE: Former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku visits the Nasrec quarantine and isolation centre on 20 July 2020. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) national disciplinary committee (NDC) has overturned Bandile Masuku and Khusela Diko’s suspensions from the Gauteng provincial executive committee (PEC).

The ANC’s national disciplinary committee has found them not guilty of contravening the party’s constitution or of unethical behaviour and said they can resume their duties as PEC members.

The two had approached the NDC after they were suspended by the party in the province over the Gauteng health COVID-19 personal protective equipment contract saga.

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The NDC, which is chaired by Mildred Olifant, also criticized the Gauteng PEC for being procedurally unfair in its handling of the matter.

'Procedural unfairness' and 'unusual steps', this is in part how the ANC NDC describes the PEC's actions.

The NDC lambasts moves such as the closing of the gap report, which was established to gain more evidence against Diko and Masuku to add to the provincial integrity committee report (PIC).

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It said some of the steps taken, including the use of the PIC report as evidence as part of the disciplinary process, were irregular.

The NDC criticises the PEC for its questioning of the pair, and misdirecting itself.

In the report which was signed off this week, the NDC also clears the pair of any conflict of interest and says they can resume their duties as PEC members.

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