Deputy finance minister David Masondo asked to step down by ANC integrity commission

The integrity commission has asked David to step down for involving the Hawks in a family dispute.

The ANC’s integrity commission has asked David Masondo to step down as South Africa’s deputy finance minister for involving Hawks in a dispute with his former lover. 

Masondo is among the potential successors to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and is responsible for driving pro-growth economic reforms. 

According to Reuters, the integrity commission told Masondo in a letter that his actions had brought the party into disrepute and showed poor judgement. 

His response insisted that he had acted on the advice of his lawyer when reporting the former lover to the police for harassing him and his family. 

He sent the commission WhatsApp messages that he said corroborated the harassment claim and asked the commission for further guidance. He said he was aware that ANC leaders were expected to subject themselves to “organisational processes”. 

The integrity commission is expected to deliberate further. If it maintains he must resign, Masondo could appeal the decision, or the matter could be referred to the ANC’s national executive committee.