Publication: Mail and Guardian Issued: Date: 2003-09-15 Reporter: Riaan Wolmarans

ANC 'Disappointed' About IFP/DA Coalition



Mail and Guardian

Date 2003-09-15


Riaan Wolmarans

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At a meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of the African National Congress in Johannesburg over the past weekend, it deliberated on a number of current issues, including the arms-deal controversy, the new Democratic Alliance/Inkatha Freedom Party coalition and racism in South African rugby.

About the arms procurement process, the NEC said it was "satisfied that there has not been any irregularity with regard to the primary contracts".

Matters regarding secondary contracts, which have been the subject of an investigation by the Scorpions, "will continue to be dealt with by the relevant institutions of justice to their logical conclusion, as these have nothing to do with government," it said.

Referring to allegations made last week that Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka had been an apartheid spy, the NEC reported: "The ANC distances itself from reports carried by the SABC suggesting an ANC investigation into allegations around the director for public prosecutions.

"There is no decision taken by the NEC suggesting any form of investigation on the director for public prosecutions by the ANC."

The NEC also expressed its "surprise and disappointment" at the IFP's political flirtation with the DA and "its election to stoop to the level of resorting to lies and fabrications to drum up support for their newly established so-called 'coalition for change'".

"It is rather unfortunate that the IFP has elected to undermine its coalition with the ANC with whom it shares a constituency and decide enter into this so-called coalition for change with the DA with the sole aim of unseating the ANC.

"The ANC has always held a view that closer cooperation with the IFP provided the necessary space needed to speed up delivery and unite our people across the divide, and effectively eradicate apartheid legacy once and for all," says the report.

The NEC supports the Springbok team as they prepare to participate in the Rugby World Cup and pledged its confidence that the team will perform to the best of their ability.

Though the NEC expressed concern on recent allegations of racism in rugby, it endorsed the position taken by the South African Rugby Football Union regarding the process of dealing with the unfortunate racism allegations in rugby.

With acknowledgements to Riaan Wolmarans and the Mail and Guardian.