Snuki Zikalala. Picture: TSHEKO KABASLA/SOWETAN
Snuki Zikalala. Picture: TSHEKO KABASLA/SOWETAN

ANC veterans threw their weight behind President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday, saying those implicated by the various commissions of inquiry under way should step aside.

While no names were mentioned‚ some of the people referred to by the veterans included ministers Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane. It also includes a plethora of ANC leaders implicated in state capture‚ such as Malusi Gigaba and Mosebenzi Zwane.

The group of elders was famously opposed to former president Jacob Zuma’s leadership style of the party and were  among the first groupings within the ANC to call for his removal from office.

“Those who are tainted and implicated should not stand for nominations and should not be part and parcel of those who are on this list — and should sincerely introspect and step down‚” ANC Veterans League president Snuki Zikalala said.

Ramaphosa has established a number of commissions of inquiry in a bid to rid the government of the rampant corruption that grew to alarming levels during Zuma’s tenure.

But his efforts have constantly been  undermined by a faction in the  governing party deemed close to the former president and which benefited from his largesse.

Zikala said that when the ANC imposed candidature in the 2016 local government elections‚ its supporters abstained from voting.

“We‚ as veterans‚ are saying that we are cleansing this organisation. We want to bring back the integrity and credibility of the ANC … and if society says there are individuals who have judgments against them‚ some with Constitutional Court judgments against them‚ and they are still proudly standing for nominations‚ we are sincerely calling for them to introspect and step down‚” he said.

ANC veteran Mvuso Msimang said those in the league are perturbed about some of the people that made it to the list of ANC representatives in parliament after the May 8 general elections.

“We are told that the lists are put together by members of the ANC but we know it is an imperfect system‚” he said.

Another veteran, Cheryl Carolus, said: “Unless we go back to our values then this organisation does not deserve the support.”

She said the group of elders believe that despite the challenges facing the ANC‚ they should encourage their members and senior citizens to vote for Ramaphosa.

“We are appealing to [all] ANC [supporters] to raise their voice and make sure they do the right thing‚” Carolus said.

She said they believe that no other party has the vision or commitment to take the country forward.