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ANC Welcomes Corruption-Accused Zizi Kodwa’s Decision To Step Aside

The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed support for Zizi Kodwa’s decision to temporarily withdraw from the party’s decision-making bodies amid corruption charges.

On Thursday morning, Kodwa resigned from his roles on the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) and the national working committee (NWC).

The charges against him stem from allegations of accepting bribes for securing multi-million-rand government contracts during 2015 and 2016.

Shortly after his court appearance at the Special Commercial Crimes Court in Palm Ridge on Wednesday, he also resigned from his position as the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture.

Kodwa’s resignation follows the ANC’s step-aside rule, which mandates that members charged with serious offenses vacate their public and party positions.

Despite stepping down, Kodwa has stated that his resignation should not be seen as an admission of guilt.

During a press conference at the ANC’s NEC meeting in Ekurhuleni on Thursday, Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula commended Kodwa for his compliance. “Zizi has stepped aside to address the issues that he is actually facing and he has done that voluntarily, informed by the policy of the ANC, he was not forced. To that, we are very much grateful to him.”

The party noted that over 20 other ANC officials implicated in the state capture commission have not yet been subjected to similar legal scrutiny.