Mathole Motshekga. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
Mathole Motshekga. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The ANC has once again shown that it does not take its integrity commission seriously, after a constitutional amendment on its powers was referred to the next national general council, which will only be held in mid-2020.

This is despite the fact that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC), the highest decision-making body outside of a national conference, resolved that the commission be given more teeth and that its findings be binding.

The ANC, however, has done nothing but ignore most findings of the integrity commission, especially those relating to President Jacob Zuma.

In July, City Press reported that it had obtained the integrity commission’s report, which showed that its members had asked Zuma to resign but that he had declined to do so.

On Wednesday, the head of the ANC’s subcommittee on constitutional amendments, Mathole Motshekga, said the "thorny issue" of the commission’s powers was discussed and that it was a creation of the NEC and derived its powers from the structure.

"Therefore it should make recommendations to the NEC," he told reporters at the ANC’s national conference at Nasrec.

However, Motshekga said it was felt that the matter should be taken to the national general council for further discussion on whether the integrity commission should have "original powers".

This was in contrast to what organisational renewal subcommittee head Fikile Mbalula told reporters in a briefing before Motshekga.

Mbalula said the integrity commission must act and be given the full and original powers of the ANC. He said this would be included in the constitutional amendments "so that it can bite".

"It shouldn’t be an option to appear before the integrity commission. The integrity commission must not ask the NEC, it must simply exercise its power," Mbalula said.

Business Day understands that the constitutional amendment relating to the commission was rejected by KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and North West during plenary.

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