The ANC says it intends to discipline three MPs who openly voiced their opposition to President Jacob Zuma ahead of last week’s motion of no confidence.
The three who did so are former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, former tourism minister Derek Hanekom and MP Makhosi Khoza.
This is according to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who addressed journalists during a roundtable discussion on Tuesday.
Calls from Zuma and his backers grew at the weekend for those who voted against him to be punished.
Mantashe was speaking after a meeting of the party’s national working committee on Monday.
He said the ANC would not hunt down MPs who voted in favour of last week’s motion of no confidence against Zuma‚ but would discipline party members who had confirmed voting with the opposition.
Those who kept their vote a secret would not face any charges, he said.
Mantashe was speaking after a meeting of the party’s national working committee where the matter is said to have dominated discussions.
“There is not going to be a witch hunt. We are not going to do that. (But) where MPs go up and confirm‚ we’ll have to deal with that situation.”
Mantashe also revealed that the ANC would take action in the matter involving Deputy Higher Education and Training Minister Mduduzi Manana.
By Natasha Marrian and Sibongakonke Shoba for Business Day