The ANC has come under fire recently for threatening to remove national executive committee member and senior member, Derek Hanekom from his current role.
Hanekom, who is the party’s head of national disciplinary committee, has been an outspoken critic of his party’s leadership most recently refuting the idea of a lie-detector test to identify ANC members who voted for the motion of no confidence.
Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe has asked the former Minister of Tourism to submit motivations as to why he should not be removed.
Much of the outrage at this decision has come from the ANC’s political partners who have urged the ruling party not to target members speaking against corruption.
“To say you’re going to charge people who are calling for ethical leadership, you can’t pretend as if the president of the ANC is not the source of this political dissent”, read a statement by COSATU.
Similarly, the SACP says it condemns in the strongest possible terms the ANC’s decision to take action against Hanekom.
The SACP’s Solly Mapaila says that the ANC is targeting the wrong person by going after Hanekom.
“The people who are mentioned in the emails saga that actually donated sovereignty of our country, that have participated in the effective corporate capture of our state and each organ are the ones that should have been prioritised to face the music.”
Meanwhile, Mondli Gungubele who also indicated he would vote against Zuma says he hasn’t received any notice of disciplinary action.
There’s also no indication that former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is being disciplined either, while Makhosi Khoza was removed from her position as a chair of a parliamentary portfolio committee last week.