Political Analyst Sandile Swana says in order for the ANC to deal with the recent drama around NEC member Derek Hanekom as well as allegations of state capture and corruption that have plagued senior members over the years, it needs to reaffirm its members’ commitment and adherence to the party’s constitutional principles.

There have been calls for Hanekom’s suspension and removal from the NEC after EFF leader Julius Malema’s allegation that Hanekom conspired with the party to oust the former president Jacob Zuma through a motion of no confidence in the National Assembly.

Hanekom admitted meeting EFF secretary-general Gordrich Gardee. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule issued a statement in which he referred to Hanekom as a charlatan.

Swana says in the 1990s former president Nelson Mandela had warned of the implications of non-adherence to the core of what the ANC stands for.

“Mandela back in the 1990s – 1998/1999 said there are certain elements in the ANC who are bringing in criminality and or irregularity on a large scale and they must be identified and expelled. At the time, Cyril was still the secretary general and Thabo Mbeki, deputy president and they didn’t attend to that issue and it has grown worse.  So the ANC has to stop and say, ‘this thing is sinking, let’s stop and restructure ourselves’ – otherwise they will cease to exist.”

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