ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize says that in principle, MPs who defied the party and voted with opposition parties in the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma should face disciplinary action.
African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize says that in principle, MPs who defied the party and voted with opposition parties in the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma should face disciplinary action.
The motion failed. The vote was carried out through secret ballot, meaning that it would be nearly impossible to identify the rebel ANC parliamentarians.
Mkhize was speaking on the sidelines of a lecture at Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus last night.
He says those MPs should be disciplined.
“I don’t have concrete information on who did what, but in principle, the ANC constitution demands disciplinary action.”
‘ANC NOT IN A GOOD STATE’
Mkhize says the ANC is not in a good state, especially after some MPs voted with the opposition during the motion of no confidence in Zuma.
He says the level of trust deficit shown by voters in the past local government elections could be restored if the party deals with factionalism and corruption.
“We have to deal with the question of what can be done to ensure that the image of the organization is not eroded.”
Mkhize says there is a need for vigorous political education to shape the thinking of ANC members.
Speaking just moments before the treasurer-general was the Young Communist League’s Yershen Pillay who agrees that the ANC could self-correct, but says that first, the president should go.