JOHANNESBURG - The ANC is calling for the removal of its mayors, arrested in connection with political killings.
It says these individuals don't deserve to be public representatives.
Two mayors from KwaZulu-Natal, Ntuthuko Mahlaba and Mluleki Ndobe, have been arrested in the past two weeks.
Ndobe is number three on the provincial list, raising questions about the credibility of the party's other public representatives.
It's welcomed the arrest of New Castle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba and his Harry Gwala District counterpart Mluleki Ndobe.
Mahlaba is allegedly linked to the assassination of ANC Youth League regional chair Wandile Ngubeni while Ndobe is a suspect in the murder of former ANC Youth League secretary-general, Sindiso Magaqa.
The governing party has made a call to its KwaZulu-Natal structures to act swiftly.
“Our message is very clear to our provincial structure in KZN. We cannot have serving mayors who are in custody. Because the community needs services on a daily basis so the leadership there will have to take the right decisions which will be in the interests of residents in those communities where these comrades are from,” said ANC spokesperson Dakota Legoete.
The ANC's governance and legislation committee says tainted politicians don't deserve to represent the party.
“It affords us an opportunity, with the information at our disposal, to take the appropriate action. Such behaviour is not akin to members of the ANC and those who are affected are to be subjected to the processes of the ANC. They really don't deserve to be public representatives of the ANC,” said committee chairperson, Phumulo Masualle.
The party has also flatly denied that its secretary general Ace Magashule manipulated the lists - saying only the NEC could give its final approval on them.