Zuma to face ANC in­tegrity panel

Sunday Express - - WORLD -

SOUTH African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma will be ques­tioned next week by the African Na­tional Congress’ (ANC) in­tegrity com­mis­sion fol­low­ing per­sis­tent al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and poor elec­tion re­sults, the party said on Fri­day.

Zuma’s ap­pear­ance be­fore the panel could deepen di­vides within the ANC as it gears up for a na­tional con­fer­ence next year when Zuma (74) is ex­pected to stand down as party leader.

“He will be hav­ing a meet­ing with the IC,” ANC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe con­firmed to Reuters, re­fer­ring to the in­tegrity com­mis­sion.

Zuma’s meet­ing with the com­mis­sion is ex­pected to be held on Dec. 3 be­hind closed doors. Mem­bers of the ANC have been re­moved from their posts as a re­sult of the com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tion.

The ANC formed the com­mis­sion in 2013 to help pro­tect its im­age and take “ur­gent ac­tion” to deal with mem­bers of the party who face al­le­ga­tions of im­proper con­duct. The Mail & Guardian news­pa­per re­ported on Fri­day that the com­mis­sion, headed by an­ti­a­partheid stal­wart An­drew Mlan­geni, would ques­tion Zuma over a slew of cor­rup­tion scan­dals and the party’s worst lo­cal elec­tion re­sults in Au­gust. Man­tashe did not say what would be dis­cussed at the meet­ing.

Sev­eral se­nior mem­bers of the ANC have called for Zuma to re­sign in re­cent months af­ter scan­dals rat­tled mar­kets in Africa’s most in­dus­tri­alised econ­omy and cost the party votes.

A con­sti­tu­tion­ally-man­dated anti-graft watch­dog this month called for a judge to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions Zuma pro­vided spe­cial favours for wealthy friends and al­lowed them to choose min­is­te­rial ap­point­ments.

Zuma de­nies any wrong­do­ing. In March, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court or­dered Zuma to re­pay some of $16 mil­lion of state funds in­ap­pro­pri­ately spent on en­hanc­ing his coun­try home. He has since paid back more than $500,000 as re­quired by the court. — Reuters

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