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‘ANC might try pull rabbit out of hat to avoid releasing cadre deployment records’

todayFebruary 13, 2024 89

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Political analyst, Professor Dirk Kotze, says the ANC might do everything in its power to avoid handing over its cadre deployment records to the Democratic Alliance (DA), despite a Constitutional Court order to that effect.

However, he says, the party might hit a snag in that attempt as it does not have any other legal route available after having exhausted all its legal options.

Yesterday, the Apex Court ruled that it would not be in the interests of justice to grant the governing party leave to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal that had upheld a high court one.

The ANC has five working days to hand over documents, which includes minutes, emails, WhatsApps and CVs – of party deployments dating back to 1 January 2013.

The official opposition is of the view that the ANC’s cadre deployment policy gave birth to state capture and needs to be relinquished to protect state institutions.

Professor Kotze says he suspects that what might be included in these documents might be information that will be detrimental to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the role he played in the cadre deployment.

This, he says, might be the reason why the ANC has worked so hard to prevent them being made public.

The DA’s Leon Schreiber has described the court’s ruling as one of the great victories in South African legal and democratic history.

“This ruling will firstly ensure transparency, by forcing the ANC to reveal exactly how Ramaphosa’s cadre deployment committee laid the foundation for state capture by interfering in public appointment processes.”

The ANC says it has noted the judgment and will study it to ensure that it is adhered to accordingly.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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