“THERE ARE ANC GOVERNMENT MINISTERS WHO HAVE TO REPORT ABOUT THEIR CORE PORTFOLIO FUNCTIONS TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT MOGOENG MOGOENG. THIS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT BECAUSE THE COURTS ARE NOW TAKING OVER THE FUNCTION OF THE ANC NEC. I AM
− Deputy agriculture minister and ANC national executive committee (NEC) member, Bheki Cele, during an address to ANC branches in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal on 15 August. He stated that the ANC leadership under President Jacob Zuma had failed to unite the party or take drastic action against serious allegations of corruption, thus abdicating these responsibilities to the courts. Business Day Live (BDLive) reported that the failure of the ANC NEC to resolve leadership issues had allowed disgruntled members to approach the courts, which had decided many issues that should have been addressed by the ANC leadership.
Bheki Cele is deputy minister of agriculture and an ANC national executive committee member.