October 29, 2018.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sashnee Moodley.
ANC commission wants implicated members in VBS scandal to step aside
Five former Cape Town DA councillors hit out at party leadership
And, Gordhan says anti-graft efforts face 'dangerous fightback'
The African National Congress's integrity commission has recommended to the party's leadership that all party members implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal step aside from leadership positions and activities.
According to a statement by the committee's chairperson, George Mashamba, the party's "reputation and credibility has been seriously damaged".
The ANC’s Limpopo treasurer general Danny Msiza and deputy provincial chairperson and Vhembe mayor Florence Radzilani were advised by secretary general Ace Magashule's office to approach the commission, but they did not do so.
Five former Democratic Alliance Cape Town city councillors have lashed out at the party's leadership, alleging "racist double standards" and have demanded a public apology from DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
Shaun August, Suzette Little, Siya Mamkeli, Thulani Stemele, and Greg Barnardo said the DA was racist, dishonest, unethical and a total sham.
The five former councillors have also said they had instructed an attorney to assist them to "take action against Maimane and the DA for his false and defamatory statements" against them.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said that efforts to clean up corruption in State-owned companies faced "dangerous" resistance which threatened the country's sovereignty.
Gordhan has been tasked by President Cyril Ramaphosa with cleaning up SOCs such as power utility Eskom, which suffered misgovernance under former president Jacob Zuma.
In an opinion piece in the Sunday Times newspaper, Gordhan said that new boards had started to address "the depth of corruption and criminal behaviour that seems to have become endemic in these institutions."
However, he added that the dangerous and unscrupulous fightback against reform efforts continues.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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