The ANC will be going into the general election with notoriously tainted candidates on its parliamentary list, but the party is hoping that they will resign voluntarily. A one-day special national executive committee (NEC) resolved this week that the lists be referred to the ANC’s integrity commission for review. This seems more of a cosmetic move for the governing party, which has come under heavy criticism after candidates such as Nomvula Mokonyane, Malusi Gigaba, Bathabile Dlamini and Mosebenzi Zwane appeared on the list submitted to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC). But there is no way that political parties at this stage can amend the lists they submitted to the commission. The IEC’s chief electoral officer, Sy Mamabolo, said political parties would go into the election with the lists as they stood. The only time a list could be changed was if an objection was lodged against a candidate and the IEC upheld the objection. The window for objections to candidates on party lists...

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