JOHANNESBURG: ANC Chief Whip in the Gauteng Legislature Brian Hlongwa has resigned.
Hlongwa asked the ANC to relieve him from his position and duties. He is implicated in irregular expenditure during his tenure as the Health Department MEC.
Hlongwa says his decision’s been informed by a series of allegations levelled against him. He says his continued stay would distract the ANC from its tasks of renewal and unity.
“This decision has been informed by the need to resolve the eight-year-long accusations‚ without having the matter aired in the courts of the country,” Hlongwa said in a statement.
A report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) implicated Hlongwa in alleged corrupt and fraudulent dealings worth R1.2bn in the Gauteng health department during his tenure as MEC.
The irregular expenditure which resulted in kickbacks for Hlongwa took place between 2006 and 2009.
Last year‚ the SIU submitted its report to former president Jacob Zuma but no action was taken.
When the report was made public this year‚ the ANC in Gauteng said Hlongwa would be subjected to the party’s integrity committee.
In his statement, Hlongwa said: “The ANC is committed to natural justice and my continued stay as the chief whip in the GPL would have distracted the movement from its task of mobilising our people behind a programme to unite‚ renew and create jobs.”
ANC caucus spokesperson Kgapa Mabusela denied that Hlongwa stepped down because he was pre-empting the integrity committee report.
Hlongwa survived a motion of no-confidence in June.