Despite being sidelined in the heated ANC succession race, the National Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) and NA Speaker Baleka Mbete believes the ANC is not corrupt.
Speaker Baleka Mbete has been named as one of the six candidates likely to contest for the post of ANC president later this year at the ruling party’s elective conference in December.
Other presidential hopefuls, as earlier gathered, include; Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Lindiwe Sisulu, Nkozasana Dlamini-Zuma, Zweli Mkhize, David Mabuza and Kgalema Motlanthe.
But last week, Kgalema Motlanthe declined nursing ambitions to stand again for the top post. He was the deputy president of African National Congress (ANC), from 2007 until 2012 – when he declined to run for a second term. He was defeated by Jacob Zuma at the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung, Free State when both wrestled for the position of president of the ANC.
The voices of Mkhize, Mabuza and Sisulu are yet to be heard on the matter. The race is presently dominated by Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
While Ramaphosa, so far, enjoys the support of South Africa’s biggest federation COSATU and the SACP youth wing; Dlamini-Zuma is swimming in the support of President Zuma and other notable allies of his.
The story is, however, a bit heart-rending for Mbete. Earlier this month, she expressed shock at ANCWL and President Zuma’s preferred candidate – Dlamini-Zuma.
She said she thought Zuma had her back for the post all the while, adding that the twist won’t deter her from contesting if nominated.
“In politics, one must always be ready for surprises or receiving pronouncements on issues that you didn’t think that people were about to pronounce on but they do it; that’s politics,” she said during an interview.
Against these odds, Speaker Baleka Mbete still believes that the ANC camp is void of corruption and scandals.
Her claim was brought to the fore earlier this month, at the ANC’s 105th birthday celebrations in Mbombela. At the time, she told the crowd that “the ANC is not corrupt. We do not have any policy that is called corruption in the ANC. Those who are corrupt and stealing money from the government are not sent by the organisation.”
Corruption In ANC
While the Zuma-led administration often reiterates that the African National Congress (ANC) has taken a strong stance to root out corruption, many still believe that the party has done little or nothing to take up such responsibility.
In fact, many believe the ANC-led government still stands out as the most offensive scandalous government South Africa has ever known since the end of white-minority rule.
Since 1994, SA has been rocked by non-stop drama featuring allegations of high-level corruption and illicit influence by private interests which have led to court cases against the political elite, reaching as far as President Jacob Zuma.
Expensive upgrades to Zuma’s family home in the province of KZN became a rallying point for his opponents last year.
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