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‘ANC Didn’t Introduce Corruption Into SA’


The ruling African National Congress did not introduce corruption into South Africa; when it assumed power in 1994, it found that the canker had already grown taproots, Speaker of National Assembly Baleka Mbete has implied
“It is not that the ANC arrived and introduced corruption. After 1994 it became clear that there was a culture of having a smart way of eating money. It’s the ANC that decided this corruption must be dealt with,” she said in an address ANC’s North West provincial congress on Saturday.
“There is something called tender. I don’t know how it works, but it has really brought out the worst in us”. The ANC was not being given enough credit, she said, for its corruption-fighting efforts.
Addressing the North West congress barely 48 hours after the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters were manhandled out of Parliament for disrupting President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address on Thursday, Speaker Mbete, who doubles as ANC national chairperson, accused EFF, led by expelled ANC youth leader Julius Malema, of being saboteurs on the payroll of some unnamed foreign countries in support of their quest to take over South Africa.
The EFF had insisted President Zuma answer questions on the controversial security upgrades to his private residence at Nkandla before the address, though the Presidency had scheduled March 13 for such a purpose.
That action, said Mbete, is part of EFF’s plan to unseat Zuma’s government. “They want to – in their words – collapse Parliament so they can force this country to an early election. They want to take this country so that they must take over the mines and share them with friends they were seen gallivanting with in Europe,” she said. “My question is where will we be when they do that? Who do they think they are?”
Mbete expressed delight at the manner in which EFF MPs were removed from the National Assembly. “The President finally delivered his address after we have had actually a beautiful opportunity to deal with those irritants”.
The Speaker /ANC national chairperson, further called on ANC branches to prepare themselves to fight the EFF in provincial legislatures and municipalities, where she said the EFF planned to move on to next.
She also urged branches to get ready to face EFF head-on at local level, eliciting an excited response from delegates who said they were all set for action. “Don’t ever think what’s happening in Parliament has got nothing to do with you in branches.
“Those thugs there are going to come to provinces to run a similar campaign, not only in legislatures but also in municipalities,” she said. “You must teach our children not to be misled by those wearing red overalls. Those people (EFF) are not working with people of this country alone, they are pawns in a bigger scheme of things where some western governments are involved”.
She said western countries – that she did not name – had an issue with Zuma running the country because he was “a stubborn, rural man from Nkandla who is stubborn and committed to ANC policies. How can a rural man sit with them on international structures?” she asked.
She then accused the media of working with those who want Zuma to leave his job, which is the reason why they support claims that the ANC has done nothing since it began leading the government.
As part of her strategy to weaken EFF, Mbete said ANC deployees must work hard. “If we don’t work we will continue to have cockroaches like Malema roaming all over the place”.
Mbete told North West delegates that the ANC and its MPs “knew everything” EFF had planned for Thursday’s state of the nation address because they were tired of being caught by surprise. “We knew everything, including what the red overalls discussed. We knew who was going to stand first and what they were going to say”.
Mbete also called for younger ANC members to give the party’s veterans an opportunity to lead. “There’s a tendency of marginalising veterans in the ANC. Let us value the history that is vested in this group of people”.

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