DA leader, John Steenhuisen has expressed criticism over the slap on the wrists that Ace Magashule has received by being ordered to appear before the ANC’s Integrity Commission.
Magashule has been implicated and taken to court over charges of corruption, but previously insisted that party members that are facing charges should not be forced to resign. The high-profile case has sparked a public reaction that is forcing the ANC top 6 to address the issue.
And, after a lengthy NEC meeting in which the matter was deliberated over, the party formally requested that Magashule appears before the Integrity Commission.
“The integrity commission (IC) of the African National Congress has taken note of the interview that was conducted with you on July 7 2020 in which you are alleged to have said ‘I shall not step aside due to allegations of corruption’,” the integrity commission’s chairperson, George Mashamba, said in a letter to Magashule, as reported by SowetanLIVE.
Steenhuisen, however, is not pleased about the disciplinary measures taken against Magashule, expressing his disillusionment with the decision in a statement on Tuesday. He said “this was simply not good enough”, labelling Magashule “one of the ANC’s most corrupt cadres” and saying that the proceedings at the Integrity Commission will be an “elaborately staged pantomime”.
“[This is a] spineless move which proves that the President is too weak to take decisive action against his party’s most corrupt, opting once again to choose the ANC over South Africa, kowtowing to both his comrades and the voters,” Steenhuisen said, according to IOL. “President Ramaphosa’s promises on eradicating corruption are thus empty, and the line he has drawn in the sand has completely washed away. This is a slap in the face to South Africans deserving of justice for the ANC’s theft of their money and livelihoods”.
“We know that the ANC’s Integrity Commission is completely and utterly toothless, and merely functions as a veil for justice for those the President and the ANC are too scared to have charged and jailed in a court of law for their crimes against the country.”
He went on to say that it is a travesty of justice and that he will praise President Ramaphosa when corrupt party officials are sent to jail.
“In early October, former disgraced Mayor of Ethekwini, Zandile Gumede, who was removed from her position last year in the face of a litany of tender corruption charges to the value of R400 million, appeared before the Integrity Commission with her lawyer in tow. There has been no word of any action against her for her crimes since”.
“It would appear that the ANC treats the Integrity Commission as a de facto court where the judges are sympathetic ANC comrades presiding over cases which should be heard in an independent and impartial South African court of law requiring a string of criminal charges. This is not justice, it is merely the ANC’s portrayal of justice at the expense of our country”.
“The DA will not accept the ANC’s elaborately staged pantomime in which comrades are placed on a stage and given a slap on the wrist for South Africans to watch and applaud. I will only be applauding when the President has the guts to throw his comrades into a jail cell for the treasonous acts committed against our country. South Africa deserves nothing less.”