Tony Yengeni requests ANC’s Electoral Committee to reconsider his disqualification

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Former ANC Chief Whip Tony Yengeni is requesting that the party’s Electoral Committee reconsider its decision to disqualify him from contesting any NEC positions at the party’s upcoming National Conference.

He says the decision is tantamount to double jeopardy and retrospective application of the law which is in violation of the constitution and not allowed in South Africa’s legal system.

The Committee cited his 2003 conviction and sentencing to four years in prison for a fraud case linked to the arms deal.

Yengeni argues that to seek to apply the 2017 Conference resolution in retrospect to offences committed before that time is unconstitutional as he had been sentenced more than 15 years prior.

He says that 10 years after the sentence, he successfully applied to the Justice Ministry to have his conviction expunged, meaning in law that he is no longer subject to any civil or statutory disabilities that are imposed on a person convicted of the offense.

He points out that having gone through the disciplinary processes within the ANC and punished, he has been elected in 3 consecutive Conferences namely Polokwane, Bloemfontein and Nasrec.