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ANC welcomes comrade Smith's statement

04 September 2018

The ANC Chief Whip, comrade Jackson Mthembu has had an interaction with comrade Vincent Smith regarding allegations raised about him in the media over the weekend.

We welcome his willingness to subject himself to the Ethics Committee of Parliament in effort to clear his name. We further welcome his voluntary declaration to appear before the ANC Integrity Commission to ventilate these matters that have been raised in the media, as a means of being held accountable by his organisation, the African National Congress.

Whilst we are moved by comrade Smith's unshakeable, ethical and moral request to step aside as chairperson of the various parliamentary committees he chairs, pending the conclusion of the Ethics Committee process; the ANC Chief Whip will be presenting this request to the ANC Caucus Political Committee scheduled to sit next Wednesday. We will therefore respond to his undertaken to step aside pending the decision of that meeting.

Whilst we do not understand the motive behind those who put this story in the public domain; we can only suspect that their timing is inspired by the ANC's position on the expropriation of land without compensation. In the recent weeks, comrade Smith has been on national and international platforms articulating the ANC's position on the expropriation of land without compensation. We are therefore convinced that he is a target of the organisations who are vehemently opposed to our people getting access to the land that they were dispossessed from by Colonial and Apartheid oppressors.

We are, however, very inspired by the strong sense of integrity and political accountable displayed by comrade Smith. Our confidence in him remains unblemished.
Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, comrade Jackson Mthembu.

Nonceba Mhlauli

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