By Thys Khiba
Johannesburg – The African National Congress (ANC)’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) report has confirmed that the former Gauteng MEC for health Dr Bandile Masuku and suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko have been cleared.
“There is no casual connection between the conduct of comrades Bandile and Khusela AND the value system and ethical framework of the ANC to support the conclusion that the comrades acted in an unethical manner and, consequently, were guilty of contravening Rule 25.17.4 of the ANC Constitution,” said ANC NDC Chairperson, Mildred Oliphant.
The report has confirmed that findings by the Provincial Integrity Committee (PIC) should “not have been allowed as evidence.”
Therefore, the report has confirmed, in both matters, the Gauteng “PDC misdirected itself in a material respect.”
“In the absence of finding that the comrades engaged in unethical conduct, which is a foundational requirement to support a charge in terms of Rule 25.17.4, it follows that the guilty finding of bringing the ANC into disrepute in terms of Rule 25.17.5 was flawed.”
The findings by the NDC have confirmed that the appeal of Bandile is upheld and the review application of Khusela succeeds. Meanwhile, the decision by the Gauteng PDC is reviewed and set aside.
“As a general rule, the sanctions imposed in paragraphs 78.2 and 78.3 would fall away and both comrades would be eligible to resume their positions as members of the Gauteng PEC.”
Meanwhile, the ANC NDC has recommended that all Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) members, including Masuku and Diko, should be schooled in topics such as ethical and moral conduct, the ANC Constitution, political accountability and the responsibilities of deployees in government.
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