ANC stalling release of embarrasing candidate list, say sources within

FILE PICTURE: ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbethe (L) and   President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbethe (L) and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The ANC has denied that it is stalling the release of its candidate list for Parliament and provincial legislatures as sources claims it is being kept confidential to avoid embarrassment.

It emerged yesterday that former chief whip Tony Yengeni and former Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi, who was fired for misusing a state-issued credit card, Northern Cape ANC chairman John Block, erstwhile ANC Youth League treasurer Pule Mabe and ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete names appear on the list of candidates that would go to Parliament if the ANC wins the general election.

The only names publicly released were President Jacob Zuma who tops the list followed by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.

Block and Mabe are facing corruption charges while Mbete who works full-time at Luthuli House, was also nominated by ANC branches, contrary to the ANC’s rule that her position should be held full-time.

This has raised questions about whether the party would allow their nominations.

The Citizen understands that Yengeni, Mmemezi, Mabe and Mbete have been nominated by ANC branches to go to Parliament and have accepted their nominations.

On Tuesday, ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe refused to release the list, saying the list needs to be cleaned and improved first.

The ANC had used this tactic to stall any criticism of their stated principle that “individual candidates should be ANC members in good standing with a proven track record commitment and involvement in the democratic movement, have no criminal record, no history of ill-discipline or corruption and conflict; and candidates must be available for full-time parliamentary, party and constituency work.”

Two sources within the ANC who have seen the list told The Citizen the ANC is delaying the release of the list because some of names of the list.

“That is why Mantashe said the list need to be cleaned out,” the sources said.

But Mantashe denied that the ANC is stalling the release of the list.


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