As the ruling African National Congress finalizes its local government elections list of candidates, it may interest you to know that no lesser than 28 of its candidates are alleged criminals.
The ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe this week confirmed that there are 28 candidates on the party’s local government elections list who either have criminal records or are facing serious charges.
Their names were submitted despite ANC guidelines to the contrary and the likelihood that they will not be eligible for election.
Included on the list is an alleged murderer and election cheat, Chris Mabunda who was endorsed by the Gauteng safety and security MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.
Though his nomination created a huge stir, the party went ahead to add him to the list.
ANC’s Solomon Mahlangu branch members gathered at a school in Alexandra, to deliberate on the nomination of Chris Mabunda first by the branch, then by the ANC’s Johannesburg region, and finally by the Gauteng provincial executive committee but could not come to an agreement that he is the ideal candidate to represent them.
However, Mantashe said the party will forge ahead to submit their list and wait for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to screen them themselves and make the final decision. “We will not be shocked by anything that comes from the IEC,” said Mantashe.
“They will come back to us to say X number of candidates on your list are convicted,” he added as he refrained from mentioning the names on the list but said the convictions ranged from assault to traffic fines
Nkosi-Malobane’s nomination of Mabunda was confirmed by two other ANC branch members who attended the meeting. She did not respond to repeated attempts to contact her, nor did she respond to written questions sent to her on Wednesday, report from Mail&Guardian stated.
Mabunda who was working as a security guard at the time of the alleged murder, is scheduled to appear in the Alexandra magistrate’s court on Tuesday. It relates to the brutal assault and killing of two Alexandra residents who were accused of stealing R150 000 from a local businessperson.
He is also due to appear in a separate matter. He was allegedly caught with a box full of original ballot papers during the 2014 elections.
Speaking on this, the ANC’s Johannesburg regional spokesperson, Jolidee Matongo who confirmed Mabunda’s nomination, said the guidelines of the ANC are very clear on what should happen if someone faces criminal charges. “The ANC will act in accordance,” said Matongo.
The ANC in Gauteng however, said it would not comment on the party’s local government elections list until the IEC completes it screening process. The party’s spokesperson Motalatale Modiba added that they would rather prefer not to engage in speculation until the screening result is finally released.