29 April 2017

On 18 April 2017, MVC wrote to the ANC Secretary General, Mr Gwede Mantashe, to ask for a clarification of the ANC’s position should ANC MPs vote against President Zuma in the pending motion of no confidence.

We received a phone call from Mr Mantashe shortly after, asking us the following questions:

  • Did we send this letter to all the political parties in the NA? Why Not?
  • It is not only the ANC that has these policies, the DA also has it in their constitution that MP’s must
    vote according to the political party, have you written to the DA?
  • When a DA MP in the subcouncil in Kraaifontein voted against the party position sometime after 2016
    elections the DA removed that member, what did you do about it?

We responded to Mr Mantashe’s questions over the phone, and on 24 April 2017 in writing stating the following:

  • Did we send this letter to all the political parties in the NA? Why not?

We only sent this letter to the ANC as, to our knowledge, only ANC MP’s have been publicly coerced to vote in a particular matter on the ‘No Confidence’ vote in the President. Had it been members of another political party that the media statements were directed at, we would have sent this letter to that party.

  • It is not only the ANC that has these policies, the DA also has it in their constitution that MP’s must vote according to the political party, have we written to the DA?

The fact that the DA has a ‘draconian’ policy does not mean that the ANC should follow suit. This is bad form and we expect that the ANC as the liberation party and the majority party in Parliament would aim to set a better example and not hide behind the fact that some political parties have worse policies that they do.

  • When a DA MP in the subcouncil in Kraaifontein voted against the party position sometime after 2016 elections the DA removed that member, what did you do about it?

We did not address this issue as MVC focusses on political and electoral issues at a national level and only directs its attention at a regional level if they impact on our national and political public systems

In our email on 24 April 2017, we also extended the deadline for Mr Mantashe to respond by 28 April and requested that his response be in writing. We did not receive any further communication from Mr Mantashe nor did we receive the clarification that we sought in our initial letter.

To view the letter that we sent to Mr Mantashe on 18 April, Click Here.