Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yengeni will not serve in parliament

By Yamkela Xhaso
22 January


African National Congress executive committee member Tony Yengeni cannot serve as a Member of Parliament due to his fraud conviction and sentence.

This is according to both the ruling party and parliamentary criteria which say candidates nominated for positions in both Parliament and provincial legislatures should not have a criminal record. ANC spokesperson Carl Niehaus confirmed that Yengeni was not eligible.

“The African National Congress is legally bound by the law in terms of who can represent it both in the national and provincial parliament”

Any person who has been sentenced for a period for longer than, has a criminal record without an option for a fine cannot serve for at least one term emphasized Niehaus.

Niehaus said they will not comment about certain individuals on the lists because they were not final they were provisional.

They will be final after the list conference this weekend.

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