South Africa: Integrity, Tested - the ANC's Difficult Decision Ahead

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On Monday morning, just as the day's first Malusi Gigaba news cycle was ending, the ANC's Integrity Committee issued a statement. It said that it was recommending to the ANC's national executive committee that those implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank saga should be "directed to step aside from all leadership positions and activities of the ANC". It also confirmed that none of those implicated had approached the committee as they had been advised to do by the office of the party's secretary-general. It is now an obvious test for the ANC, and its supposed "New Dawn", for this to happen. If these party officials do step down, it could mark a sea change to the way corruption is dealt with in the party.

It is well known that one of the biggest problems the ANC has faced in its transition from a liberation movement into a governing party was dealing with corruption within its ranks. Time and time again the party's own discussion documents, helpfully written...

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