The ANC Youth League has called on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to prove his claim that “money was being passed around in black bags and brown envelopes ahead of the ANC’s national elective conference.”
The eThekwini ANCYL is up in arms against Ramaphosa, demanding that he report ANC leaders who he accused at the weekend of buying votes.
In a statement, the league, which wants to dispel the perception that the ANC has corrupt leaders, wants Ramaphosa to report the matter to Hawks and has warned the deputy president that should he fail to report criminal activities that will amounts to a criminal offence.
During the late SACP leader Chris Hani memorial lecture in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, Ramaphosa said “money was being passed around in black bags and brown envelopes ahead of the ANC’s national elective conference.”
ANCYL eThekwini regional secretary Thinta Cibane said it regarded the allegations as serious. “The ANC Youth League calls upon the Hawks to immediately make themselves available to Mr Ramaphosa in order for this critical piece of information to be with the authorities for investigation and possibly arrest him.
“We certainly hope Mr Ramaphosa will find time to forward this information because failure to do so in terms of the provisions of the law may attract criminal charges against him.”
Cibane said the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 creates a duty for those in positions of authority, who know of any wrongdoing, to report such to a police official. “We have confidence in the deputy president that as a law-abiding citizen he will report the allegations.
Speaking to the Republic Mail, Cibane said: “what the deputy president (Ramaphosa) said affects us directly.”
“The opposition parties have longed been accusing the ANC leaders of being corrupt and Ramaphosa has agreed with that by saying there is money being carried in bags to buy votes.”
“As ANCYL, we would like him to report the matter to relevant authorities so that we dispel the perception the opposition parties have on ANC leaders,” added Cibane
“What Ramaphosa said has serious repercussions. It raises critical questions about where the money is coming from. The ANC is involved in many corruption scandals.”
However, Cibane said if Ramaphosa made the remarks from a moral point of view, those who were corrupt should not be elected to ANC leadership positions.
Attempts to get comment from Ramaphosa’s spokesman were unsuccessful.