The African National Congress (ANC) Secretary, Gwede Mantashe has confirmed that the President, Jacob Zuma will be meeting with the party’s integrity commission for questioning.
The party’s sec-gen confirmed this on Friday saying Zuma will be interrogated by the Integrity commission following persistent allegations of corruption and poor election results.
The meeting, which was scheduled for 3 December 2016, behind closed doors, is believed to be a good move by the party to rectify detected wrongs that could deter the party’s victory in the coming general elections.
Zuma has been surrounded by persistent allegations of corruption, and has jumped from one scandal to the next before and during his presidency and his appearance before the panel is speculated to further deepen the rift between members of the ANC as it gears up for a national conference next year.
Members of the ruling party believe the integrity commission will do a great job in restoring the party’s integrity as it has records of members who have been removed from their posts as a result of its recommendation.
The ANC integrity commission was formed in 2013 to protect the image of the party in events where members have been accused of criminal or improper conduct.
A number of the ANC top members alongside other sectors of society who blamed Zuma for the party’s poor election results in August; division in the part; and corruption allegations; among other issues, have repeatedly called for him to step down.
A constitutionally-mandated anti-graft watchdog this month called for a judge to investigate allegations Zuma provided special favors for wealthy friends and allowed them to choose ministerial appointments.
Though Zuma denies any wrongdoing, he was found guilty of acting against the constitution in the Nkandla saga earlier in the year, and has most recently been implicated in state capture, involving the Gupta family.
The president also has the matter of 783 fraud and corruption charges against him waiting in the wings.