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JO­HAN­NES­BURG - The ANC in Lim­popo has started tak­ing ac­tion against party of­fi­cials im­pli­cated in the loot­ing of al­most R2bn from VBS Mu­tual Bank‚ party spokesper­son Pule Mabe said on Thurs­day.

Mabe re­it­er­ated the party’s po­si­tion that all those im­pli­cated must “face the law with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion”.

ANC Elec­tions Head Fik­ile Mbalula said in the past the ANC took a long time be­fore deal­ing with cor­rup­tion but the party was de­ter­mined to act de­ci­sively against those im­pli­cated in the VBS re­port.

“Heads will roll‚ the ANC never sent any­one to be cor­rupt‚ they must an­swer for them­selves un­less they say they were sent by the ANC‚” said Mbalula.

ANC Lim­popo Trea­surer Danny Msiza and Deputy Chair­per­son Florence Radzi­lani are some of the party lead­ers men­tioned in the foren­sic re­port de­tail­ing how mil­lions were si­phoned from the bank.

Mbalula was speaking at a me­dia brief­ing where the party un­veiled plans to con­sult the pub­lic on the process of de­vel­op­ing its 2019 elec­tions man­i­festo.

He said the ANC’s ex­pe­ri­ence in govern­ment had taught them hard lessons about lawlessness and cor­rup­tion.

“The re­al­ity of cor­rup­tion and poor ser­vice de­liv­ery in some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties‚ de­part­ments of state and sta­te­owned en­ter­prises has weak­ened ser­vice de­liv­ery," Mbalula said.

“We are un­der no il­lu­sion‚ lead­er­ship and pub­lic trust must be earned through con­duct‚ lis­ten­ing‚ re­spond­ing and hard work.”

The ANC will this week­end embark on a round of con­sul­ta­tions in all nine prov­inces to en­gage with South Africans in the devel­op­ment of the man­i­festo.

“We would be the first to ad­mit that the ANC found it­self mired by sins of in­cum­bency‚ so­cial dis­tance from its so­cial base‚ at times per­ceived as ar­ro­gant and not al­ways re­spon­sive to the chal­lenges con­fronting our peo­ple‚” Mbalula said.

VOWS: Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula.

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