Corrupt individuals will still hold seats in Parliament

Despite being implicated in Gupta-linked corruption during the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture Malusi Gigaba, Nomvula Mokonyane, Mosebenzi Zwane and Basthabile Dlamini are all heading back to Parliament.

The African National Congress (ANC) Veterans’ League said they are disappointed with the list of candidates for the national and provincial representation in Parliament.

Dlamini, who was social development minister, was embroiled in a scandal two years ago which involved government grants agency Sassa and a service provider where she appeared in the Constitutional Court.

Former finance minister, Malusi Gigaba, who also ran a term as home affairs minister was accused of assisting the Gupta family with South African citizenship.  He has denied the allegations.

Veterans’ league member Dr Faizel Randera said they will continue with their efforts within the structure to have these candidates step down as MPs.

The Citizen reported that Randera said there was a veterans’ league meeting held about three weeks prior to the election where some 200 members attended and it was agreed that anybody on the list who had brought disrepute to the party or government should humbly step aside, the call has however not been heeded.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng previously stated that people must be more vigilant during the post-election period and not have those known for corruption be form part of Parliament.

The presiding office of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise agreed with Mogoeng and said that it’s time that South Africans take responsibility and vote for people who will make a change.