South Africa’s list of MPs causes some disgruntlement while the nation awaits the appointment of President Ramaphosa’s new cabinet

SOUTH AFRICA - Report 17 May 2019 by Iraj Abedian

Now that the general elections have come and gone, the focus in South Africa has shifted back to the African National Congress (ANC) and the integrity of its members, particularly those that will be representing the party in parliament. President Cyril Ramaphosa has based his two campaigns – the first to take over the leadership of the ANC and the latest one for the ANC to once again run the country – on the promise of a new dawn, one that would see integrity return to leadership for the betterment of the whole country. It came as no surprise then that South Africans were mostly disappointed by the preliminary list of the ANC members bound for parliament the party gave to Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) before the elections.

This is because the list contained many names of those in the ANC that have been implicated in various forms of corruption and/or maladministration, particularly when the country was still under the leadership of President Zuma. This list was especially scandalous given the revelations that have come out during the various commissions of enquiry, including the Zondo commission of enquiry into state capture, revelations that point to serious wrongdoing by many that were included. This of course had the country questioning if President Ramaphosa was just paying lip service regarding the new dawn, with promises of a higher caliber of leaders.

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