"I am loyal to the ANC and its leaders. It is a pure coincidence that Zuma resigned as president on Wednesday night.”
THE MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta), Alvin Botes, stated that he was neither “bitter nor angry” for being falsely accused of defiance by the ANC, while yesterday announcing that he was finally ready to move to Parliament.
Botes also denied that he was a Zuma loyalist. He did not elaborate on whether his decision was motivated by the looming provincial cabinet reshuffle.
“I do not support an individual, I am loyal to the ANC and its leaders. It is a pure coincidence that Zuma resigned as president on Wednesday night.”
He attributed the four-month delay in his relocation to an “erroneous miscommunication” between the ANC chief whip in Parliament and the ANC provincial secretary in the Northern Cape.
“I have received an instruction note from the provincial secretary on October 2, 2017, of the need to strengthen our parliamentary collective in the National Assembly, due to the resignation of Dipuo Peters and Tina Joemat-Pettersson,” said Botes.
He stated that at that stage, the ANC chief whip’s office was not aware of his redeployment to Parliament.
“By October 25 the Office of the Speaker had not provided a date for the swearing-in ceremony.”
Botes added that the ANC chief whip’s office had indicated on Wednesday that it would inform him when he should start at the National Assembly.
“I was advised that it was not for comrades to present themselves (to Parliament) as the amended list, with my name as Member of Parliament, still has to be gazetted. I could not be sworn in until the revised list was gazetted. I believe this will happen in the next week.
“I established contact with them already in October 2017, but a process has yet to commence on the ANC Northern Cape’s decision on my redeployment. I have sensitised the ANC provincial secretary about these matters.
“He confirmed that a grave error was committed as it relates to the PEC being under the impression that I was non-responsive to their good wishes.”
Botes stated that he would never defy the ANC.
“I do not belong to any faction or grouping and I cannot be accused of misconduct. I have never refused to be redeployed – you can check my Twitter and Facebook account.
“It is a given that structures of authority can recall, redeploy and withdraw any cadre or member. No cadre should seek to undermine this mantra or defy organisation. The PEC has instructed me to strengthen the presence of the Northern Cape in the Parliament of South Africa. This is a responsibility which I dare not fail. I am not going there to sleep.”
Botes also sang his own praises for his “commitment and excellence”.
“I have produced the first clean audit report while serving as MEC for Social Development and introduced a youth-volunteer programme that conducted household profiling on poor families. My redeployment as MEC for Coghsta has ensured a corrupt-free housing sector. The fight against corruption yielded numerous criminal convictions and the institution of declaratory court orders.”
ANC provincial spokesperson Naledi Gaosekwe said that the ANC provincial secretary had acknowledged the “miscommunication” between Parliament, Luthuli House and the Province.