uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans (MKMVA) president Kebby Maphatsoe on Saturday said the African National Congress ANC’s integrity commission seemed to be acting like a police watchdog –
going after people for no valid reason.
He stood by a warning issued to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo cautioning him against pursuing former president Jacob Zuma.
Zondo instructed the commission of inquiry’s secretary to file a criminal complaint against Zuma.
The MKMVA said civil arrest could be a possibility.
On Saturday, Maphatsoe spent most of the day waiting to engage with the integrity commission
in order to give the association’s side on warnings issued to the Deputy Chief Justice.
Maphatsoe said he felt the commission was being used to stop some from expressing their views publicly.
“That people must not express their opinion that are enshrined in the Constitution.
They must be afraid to speak because if you speak,
you’ll be threatened to appear before the integrity commission.”
On Saturday, the ANC’s integrity commission spent most of the afternoon with the ANC’s secretary general Ace Magashule.
Outcomes from the meetings were expected to be sent to the party’s top six.
Magashule has been under pressure to “step aside” after he was charged with fraud, corruption and money laundering.
He has refused; however, the ANC has reaffirmed its commitment to resolutions taken at the 2017 conference.
Magashule was set to meet with the party’s integrity commission on Saturday.
He refused to divulge any other information about the session,
including how he planned to plead his case before the structure made up of party veterans.
“There’s nothing I can say … I don’t want to pre-judge or pre-empt what they’re going to say.”
On the question of stepping down – he refused to budge.
While he had previously been defiant, he now says its for the organisation to navigate.
When asked by SA TIMES if he would recuse himself from the discussion on the outcomes,
he said it would be up to his colleagues.
“Let’s leave it to the ANC and the national officials to decide.”
The party’s top six were expected to deal with the outcome and then share them with various upper structures of the party.
Meanwhile, the ANC’s integrity commission on Thursday said it would not engage journalists on
the appearance of Magashule but would communicate processes to be followed afterwards
Commission chairperson George Mashamba said once it had engaged Magashule,
it would release details of processes to be followed.