Carol Paton Writer at Large

Deputy President David Mabuza is in a high-stakes bid to force the hand of the ANC integrity commission and clear his name, asking it to reveal the evidence against him and show it followed due process. But as the commission neither collects evidence against ANC members nor pronounces on their innocence or guilt, he could be sent away empty-handed. Either way the role of the commission and the way it does its work is set to come under close scrutiny over the next few days. Complicating matters is the problem that the ANC national executive committee (NEC) has never drawn up terms of reference for the body, a task it was given at its conference in 2017. Commission chair George Mashamba said on Thursday a meeting with Mabuza could take place as early as Friday, or at the weekend at the latest. He also said "if a person is not satisfied they must go to the NEC". ANC insiders close to Mabuza said that he hoped the matter would be swiftly resolved and be sworn in as MP before President C...

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