Who will hold our government accountable?

Photo: President Jacob Zuma pictured at the ANC's 53rd conference in Manguang. EWN/File.

Does the ANC have mechanisms to deal with corruption?

Following a report by The Star that former Gauteng health MEC Brian Hlongwa’s R7.2 million property in Bryanston was paid for in cash by money gained from multibillion-rand tenders from the Health Department while Hlongwa was MEC, 702's Xolani Gwala spoke to ANC veteran Professor Ben Turok who explained the ruling party's processes for dealing with corruption.

Turok reminded us that the party has some "very good people", who have been very quiet about the corruption and the dysfunctional elements of the ANC.

The ANC leadership on several occasions has publicly said on record and in writing at official meetings [President Kgalema Motlante, Gwede Mantashe and President Jacob Zuma], that there are certain very bad practices in the ANC so there's no need for big philosophy and big debate. All that needs to happen is the media and the branches must say, 'with reference to the speech by President Zuma in Mangaung in December 2013, please advised us what actions have been taken' that's all.

Former ANC MP, Professor Ben Turok

Turok emphasized that the power to hold the ruling party accountable is in the hands of the media, and civil society.

This because ANC MP's have proven that they "owe their jobs to the leadership" when it comes to asking questions that hold people accountable in Parliament.

The issues are quite simple, admissions have been made in public by the top leadership of the ANC, starting even with Thabo Mbeki. Admissions have been made about wrongdoing in the movement, and in government. Therefore the media must take those statements which are concrete and demand explanations of what's been done. The opposition should do that in Parliament.

Former ANC MP, Professor Ben Turok

Listen to Professor Ben Turok remind us that there are good comrades in the ANC, and the rest of his conversation on corruption and accountability with Xolani:


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