ANC Integrity Committee Calls For Members Implicated In VBS Saga To Step Aside

ANC members implicated in the VBS saga have been asked to step aside from all party's activities. PICTURE: Mail & Guardian

JOHANNESBURG: The party’s integrity commission says that the reputation and credibility of the ANC has been seriously damaged by the issue.

The national integrity commission of the African National Congress (ANC) has recommended to the national executive committee that those members of the party implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank saga should be directed to step aside from all leadership positions and all activities of the ANC.

In a statement issued on Monday, the commission reported that its weekend meeting considered the question of office bearers and members of the ANC implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank saga.

“It was reported to the national integrity commission that these members had been advised by the secretary general’s office to approach the national integrity commission in accordance with the resolution of the 54th National Conference that “…every cadre accused of, or reported to be involved in, corrupt practices accounts to the Integrity Commission immediately or faces disciplinary action”. Thus far, they have not done so.

“Having considered the matter, the national integrity commission is of the view that the reputation and credibility of the African National Congress has been seriously damaged. To protect the integrity and reputation of the ANC, the National Integrity Commission recommends to the national executive Committee that these members should be directed to step aside from all leadership positions and all activities of the ANC.”

The statement comes in the wake of VBS saga wherein it was reported that the deputy chairperson of the ANC in Limpopo Florence Radzilani, who allegedly invested R300 million from the Vhembe District Municipality in the embattled bank and in turn received bribes.

Also, the report indicated that provincial treasurer Danny Msiza has also been implicated as a Kingpin who played a role by ensuring municipalities make illegal deposits with the bank.