The number two citizen of South Africa is curious as to why his name was included on the questionable list.

Deputy President David Mabuza says he is curious to find out why the ANC integrity commission “singled out” 22 people, including himself, on the party’s elections list for an ethics interview.

Mabuza said that if the commission’s reasons were strong, he would be prepared to withdraw his name from the elections list as he believes no one should resist a convincing argument.

Mabuza, who is President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second-in-command in the ANC and the state, was among 22 parliamentary candidates flagged by the integrity commission as being questionable.

The commission was established after the 2012 Mangaung conference to protect the ANC’s image “by ensuring … that urgent action is taken to deal with public officials, leaders and members of the ANC who face damaging allegations of improper conduct”.

The commission, which is made up of respected ANC veterans, has handed over the report to the party’s top six, but it is likely to be processed only after the May 8 general election.