Al­liance lead­ers to face life­style au­dits

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — African Na­tional Congress lead­ers and mem­bers of al­liance part­ners Cosatu, South African Com­mu­nist Party, and Sanco will in fu­ture have to de­clare their as­sets and in­come, in a bid to stop cor­rup­tion, they said yes­ter­day.

“The al­liance and its com­po­nents will also in­sti­tute reg­u­lar and ran­dom life-style au­dits,” they said in a joint state­ment.

Th­ese were in­tended to “re­assert” the in­tegrity of the al­liance by en­sur­ing cor­rup­tion and fac­tion­al­ism were dealt with de­ci­sively.

The par­ties held a two-day meet­ing at the ANC’s head­quar­ters in Jo­han­nes­burg, which ended on Mon­day. They dis­cussed the state of the al­liance and ways to strengthen it, and the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

They agreed to ex­plore the es­tab­lish­ment of an “al­liance pol­icy in­sti­tute” to im­prove pol­icy co-or­di­na­tion and mon­i­tor­ing, and eval­u­a­tion of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of al­liance de­ci­sions.

All par­ties agreed that the ANC’s de­cline in the 2016 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions re­quired a dif­fer­ent ap­proach, in or­der to win back sup­port from vot­ers.

They dis­cussed mem­bers who broke ranks and called on them to be dis­ci­plined and con­duct them­selves in an ex­em­plary man­ner.

In an in­ter­view with City Press this week­end, ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu called for the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers to step down. He said the cur­rent lead­er­ship “re­duced the gov­ern­ing party to some­thing that leaves a bit­ter taste in the mouth”.

This fol­lowed the ANC’s loss of sup­port in the Au­gust 3 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, and di­vi­sions within the party about the NPA’s de­ci­sion to charge Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han with fraud.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma says Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han’s fraud charges were not dis­cussed at a meet­ing with NPA head Shaun Abra­hams at Luthuli House.

Zuma was an­swer­ing ques­tions from MPs in the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces yes­ter­day.

He said Abra­hams was at Luthuli House along with min­is­ters from the jus­tice clus­ter to dis­cuss “a to­tally dif­fer­ent mat­ter” the day be­fore Gord­han was charged. — News24.

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