Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

The ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) in Gauteng has disagreed with its integrity commission on suspending embattled Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa from their leadership posts or from structures in the party. Gauteng is a hotly contested terrain in the 2019 national election and the electorate in the province has arguably been the most unforgiving about graft and maladministration, culminating in a dramatic decline in the ANC's support in the province and the loss of two key metros, Johannesburg and Tshwane. Cleaning up the party as well as good governance is critical for the party in the province if it hopes to retain control of the party's economic heartland. Opposition parties are likely to use the ANC's stance on Mahlangu and Hlongwa to campaign against it. The Gauteng ANC said in a statement that the PEC agreed with the integrity commission's recommendation that the pair should not hold public office. This led to the resignation of Hlongwa as chief whip in the legisla...

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