The National Executive Committee (NEC), the African National Congress’ highest decision-making body, reconvened and publicly, unequivocally, admitted and accepted the findings and recommendations of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture.
ANC National spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said the party admitted some of the findings in the report are “unsettling” but NEC pledged to address them appropriately.
Mabe said the ANC’s recent policy conference adopted a resolution calling for those implicated in the report to appear before its Integrity Committee for disciplinary action within two months. He said the committee was given a six-month deadline to process these matters.
In a statement, the ANC said it supports the work of the Commission of Inquiry and believes the body is necessary to end both state capture and corruption.
Mabe said the ANC is focusing on fundamental renewal and rebuilding processes within the ANC based on the Commission’s findings and recommendations.
‘We have measures in place to deal with the contents of any parts of the Zondo Commission report that may implicate the organisation or its members.’
The NEC adopted an immediate action plan, firstly, constitutional, legislative and structural changes proposed by the Commission referred to its relevant organs for consideration, according to Mabe.
As an example, said Mabe, the NEC Economic Transformation Committee is considering the Commission’s recommendations on public procurement.
Secondly, the ANC task team on state capture will make recommendations if weaknesses or lapses were discovered.
Thirdly, all individuals implicated in the commission report have two months to present themselves to the Integrity Commission.
‘This is in line with the resolution of the ANC 54th National Conference, which resolved to demand that every cadre accused of, or reported to be involved in, corrupt practices must account to the Integrity Commission immediately or face disciplinary proceedings,’ said Mabe.
The NEC agreed actions recommended by the Commission are either part of the normal mandate of the entities that were directed to act or should be handled by industry bodies.
“A discussion document has been finalized by the NEC for circulation to all party structures and for public release to assist ANC discussions regarding how to end corruption and state capture.”
In the document, Mabe said that the ANC must confront corruption in all forms – in government, society, and within its movement – if it is to renew itself as an effective agent of transformation.
Mabe emphasises that the report illustrates what the ANC understands through state capture, its causes affects, and outlines how such acts of corruption contradict the organization’s founding principles and mission.