The ANC has accused Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele of being a show-off and a izikhothane – someone who burns money for the show.
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement Ramphele’s disclosure yesterday that she’s worth more than R55 million was a “show-off stunt that does not assist the poor nor the fight against corruption”.
He also said her remarks calling for President Jacob Zuma to do the same were “uninformed”.
“These remarks by Dr Ramphele are not only nothing new but are clearly based on ignorance of the legal framework created and implemented by our democratic dispensation,” he said.
Mthembu said there were laws compelling public representatives to declare their finances, while the South African Revenue Service “enjoins all South Africans, including leaders of political parties, to declare their financial interest annually”.
He said Zuma had, from the time he was an MEC in KwaZulu-Natal, been compelled to annually declare his interests.
He said the challenges of poverty South Africans were faced with “require dedicated men and women to commit themselves to work to eradicate these daily realities facing the majority of South Africans, not politics of personality and flaunting one’s personal wealth in the face of our people”.
He said the ANC believed in inculcating values of humility and service, “discouraging the so-called izikhothane tendencies as demonstrated yesterday (by Ramphele)” in her “misguided populism”.
The ANC’s statement follows one by Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, last night, saying Zuma had noted Ramphele’s call for him to disclose his finances.
“Members of the National Executive of Government submit their disclosures to the Secretary of Cabinet who maintains a register. The President therefore submits his disclosure annually to the Secretary of Cabinet,” Maharaj said.
In the past there has been controversy about whether Zuma had in fact disclosed all his financial interests, as his disclosure isn’t made public – unlike the disclosure done by parliamentarians.
The ACDP this morning issued a statement saying the party was in favour of the disclosure of party finances to an independent monitoring body, with the permission of donors.
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