JOHANNESBURG, Gwede Mantashe, the Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruling party, says that only ANC MPs who have publicly stated that they voted against President Jacob Zuma in the motion of no-confidence vote tabled against the president in Parliament last week will be disciplined.

The ANC said Tuesday it would discipline at least three MPs who had publicly admitted that they voted in support of the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. The party said its National Working Committee decided at a meeting on Monday that the MPs must face a disciplinary inquiry.

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and senior ANC MPs Makhosi Khoza and Mondli Gungubele had publicly stated before the motion that they would vote their conscience.

Over the past weekend, President Zuma said the ANC's constitution, specifically the section dealing with acts of misconduct by members, needed to be applied to the 26 ANC MPs who voted in favour of the motion of no confidence against him.

Zuma was responding to a call by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) for the party to take disciplinary action against those members. The ANCYL had accused the 26 ANC MPs of having "sold" the ANC to the highest bidder. The league in the province went on to name some of the ANC MPs whom it accused of having voted in favour of the motion.

Zuma expressed concern that the party's Disciplinary Committee Chairperson -- without naming him -- is among those suspected of having colluded with the opposition.

"That's why I am saying the ANC Constitution must be applied, so that people who have double standards can make way for people who are loyal to the ANC. What we have done is playing with fire. We can't have comrades who take the ANC for granted, who say I have my own conscience. Please don't apply your own conscience, but you must have ANC conscience," said Zuma.