Publication: Cape Times Issued: Date: 2004-03-04 Reporter: Sapa

Ask the ANC Why I'm Not On the List



Cape Times

Date 2004-03-04



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Former African National Congress MP and Women's League president Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's name is not on the ANC's election list for parliament.

She has declined to comment on the possible reasons, however, and has referred inquiries to the ANC.

Her spokesman, Alan van Zuydam-Reynolds, said yesterday Madikizela-Mandela had received a "substantial number" of inquiries from the media.

He said she wished to note that she had been nominated formally to the ANC list by eight of nine provinces and had "issued no instruction that her name be removed".

"All enquiries about why she does not appear on the final list should be directed to the appropriate official spokespersons in the ANC," he said.

Madikizela-Mandela resigned from parliament, the women's league and the ANC national executive committee last year after being convicted of fraud and theft. Her appeal has yet to be heard.

ANC spokesman Smuts Ngonyama was not available for comment, but spokesman Steyn Speed has told the SABC that Madikizela-Mandela's conviction did not preclude her from being on the list.

Also absent from the list is Tony Yengeni, the former ANC chief whip convicted of fraud and suspended from the party. He undertook not to make himself available for public office.

With acknowledgements to Sapa and the Cape Times.