On Sunday, top African National Congress (ANC) officials will meet with Bathabile Dlamini, the convicted president of the ANC Women’s League. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy David Mabuza will meet to discuss Dlamini’s fate after her sentencing at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
She was sentenced to four years in prison and was given the option of paying a fine of R200 000, half of which was suspended. The ANC has a standing resolution that requires all members facing criminal proceedings to step aside and those convicted to resign, but Dlamini has neither stepped down nor resigned since her perjury conviction.
Ramaphosa’s presidency has been marked by the ANC’s unity and regeneration. The step-aside rule, which directs members facing criminal charges to stand down to help maintain the ANC’s integrity, was one of the most widely discussed resolutions passed under his leadership.
Ramaphosa’s drive to revitalize the ANC is slowly but steadily being accepted by the party’s rank and file membership, with some leaders stepping down and others being suspended for refusing to do so.
“We are rejuvenating and repositioning the party, as well as dealing with the factions that exist inside the party, and we are moving forward on the renewal front, and renewal is the order of the day in the ANC,” he said.
Of course, there will be splinters of opposition and those who wish to go back, but we are moving forward and will prevail. “The ANC’s cohort of people who want to see rebirth is so large, and that’s what I’m counting on, and that’s why I say there are obvious signals of victory ahead,” Ramaphosa says.
Former Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini found guilty of perjury
Step aside rule
The number of people who have died as a result of the step-aside regulation is growing. Bathabile Dlamini, the president of the ANC Women’s League, was found guilty of all charges and is now awaiting sentencing. Her fate now rests with the ANC’s senior brass, led by Ramaphosa, who are gathering to determine her future.
“We are analyzing the verdict. This subject was mentioned at the previous NEC, which was two weeks ago, but the consensus was that the ANC officials should handle it.” We made the decision to call him comrade Bathabile. We’re meeting on Monday at 10 a.m., and we’ll meet with her as well,” said Paul Mashatile, the ANC Treasurer General.
Some ANC leaders who are facing serious accusations have stepped down in accordance with the step-aside requirement, the most recent of whom is recently elected Mpumalanga Treasurer Mandla Msibi, who is charged with double murder and attempted murder. Those who refused to resign, including as Secretary-General Ace Magashule, have been placed on leave.
Mashatile has stated that their step-aside policy was unclear on the severity of incidents that required members facing criminal prosecution to resign.
“The ANC resolution did not cover all offenses because we did not believe they were not major crimes, but the agreement was that severe crimes would be in line with the statutes, which we would follow.”
However, you are entirely correct. “The resolution was not exhaustive, but there are statutes in the handbook, and to the degree that the country’s statutes see a certain offense as significant, that will also be our position,” Mashatile explains.
Bathabile Dlamini says she will step aside if asked to do so