ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini said she was made a scapegoat and an easy target as she resigned as a member of parliament on Tuesday.
In a ten-page letter signed by Dlamini and sent to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, Dlamini spoke her mind on the state of the ANC and her role in the grants debacle of 2017.
“I hold no grudge for being reshuffled and not being appointed,” Dlamini said adding that there was “a lot of noise” aimed at discrediting her.
She said in the constitutional court judgment against her in the Sassa case “not once was I proven to be corrupt”.
Dlamini insisted that ANC leaders must “have two ears” and treat all members accused of wrongdoing equally.
“Given the influence of the media nowadays and how it has been used to destroy some of us. The African National Congress has the responsibility of giving all of us a hearing, more particularly those that serve in the executive,” Dlamini bemoaned.
Her resignation from parliament on Monday came after President Cyril Ramaphosa did not include her in his cabinet.
Had she remained as an ordinary member of the national assembly, she would have lost her right to a significant pension as a former minister.
Dlamini used her letter to Magashule to hit out at some leaders of the party, saying some of them have “made themselves look clean when that has not been proven”.
She said a challenge in the party is that there are people who think they “own” the president and the secretary-general, without elaborating who they were.
“The very same people that complained about this during the past leadership are repeating this and I am not sure whether they think this is good when it is done by them,” Dlamini wrote.
She further added: “It is also worrisome that these are members in the NEC that have fought all presidents from president Nelson Mandela, president Thabo Mbeki and president Jacob Zuma. I am waiting to see what they are planning for the present leadership.”
Dlamini claimed there were many foreign behaviours creeping into the party but that no one was prepared to stop it.
She bemoaned the state of the party before the Nasrec conference in 2017 saying, “the ANC has never attended a conference under such a cloud”.