ANC Youth League Applauds Mapisa-Nqakula’s Integrity Resignation

  • Former National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's resignation amid facing serious criminal charges demonstrates the African National Congress' (ANC) commitment to its "step aside" policy.
  • The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) supports Mapisa-Nqakula's resignation as a proactive measure to uphold the integrity of Parliament and the ANC.
  • The ANCYL emphasizes the importance of individual accountability in preserving the reputation of the ANC and underscores the party's commitment to ethical governance and combating corruption.
Integrity Resignation

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) asserts that the resignation of former National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will not adversely impact the party’s preparations for the upcoming general elections next month.

Mapisa-Nqakula, who was slated to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, tendered her resignation from both the Speaker position and her membership in Parliament, citing her desire to uphold the integrity of the parliamentary institution.

She is currently facing a litany of charges, including fraud, corruption, money laundering, and racketeering. The State has indicated it will not contest her bail application.

Earlier today, Mapisa-Nqakula presented herself at the Lyttleton Police Station in Centurion, Pretoria, surrendering to the authorities.

Zama Khangase, spokesperson for the ANCYL, asserts that Mapisa-Nqakula’s actions demonstrate the party’s commitment to its “step aside” policy. This policy mandates that members facing serious criminal charges, such as corruption, voluntarily withdraw from engaging in political activities.

Khangase elaborates, stating, “The ANC has been unequivocal in its stance that individuals implicated in such matters must step aside. There is a comprehensive procedure in place to address these issues, exemplified by the existence of the integrity committee, tasked with handling such cases.”

She further emphasizes that individuals implicated in legal matters of this nature are aware of the consequences. “Anyone facing such circumstances understands the implications, given our clear resolution on how to address such situations,” Khangase adds.

The ANCYL expresses approval of Mapisa-Nqakula’s decision to resign. Khangase notes, “We also appreciate the additional statement she included in her resignation letter, where she expressed her intention not to allow her current situation to reflect negatively on the ANC. Her resignation affords her the opportunity to address the matter as an individual, as this is not a mandate from the ANC.”

The departure of Mapisa-Nqakula from her roles within the ANC is viewed positively by the youth league, which perceives it as a demonstration of accountability and adherence to the party’s principles.

Khangase underscores the importance of maintaining the integrity of the ANC amidst such circumstances. She states, “It is imperative that the actions of individuals do not tarnish the reputation of the party. We commend Mapisa-Nqakula for taking responsible steps to address the allegations against her independently.”

Additionally, the ANCYL reiterates its confidence in the ANC’s ability to uphold its values and navigate through challenges while ensuring accountability and transparency.

Khangase concludes, “This incident underscores the ANC’s commitment to ethical governance and accountability. We remain steadfast in our support for the party’s efforts to combat corruption and uphold the rule of law.”

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