ANC team to probe lists as Cosatu cites ‘imposition’

2011-05-24 10:46

The ANC has identified a team to probe possible irregularities in its list processes, to be led by national executive committee member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe said today.

“We are not going to work on the basis of who protested. They (the team) are going to take their time, do a thorough job and make recommendations on the basis of investigation,” Mantashe told journalists in Joburg.

He was briefing the media after a meeting of the party’s national working committee.

The ANC has appointed a seven-member team to probe the list process after protests erupted in various provinces by ANC members unhappy about it.

The ANC also defended itself in court in the Eastern Cape after its members attempted to have the lists nullified.

“The team of very seasoned leaders and veterans of the ANC will focus on the manipulation of the list processes which undermined list guidelines,” Mantashe said.

No deadlines had been set for the probe, as the party did not yet know the extent of the problem.

‘Imposed’ candidates
Meanwhile, labour federation Cosatu has accused the ANC in North West of “imposing” mayoral candidates on the province.

“To us this is exactly what we said before the elections ... that workers and the alliance are used as voting cows and are forgotten post the elections when it is time for deployment,” said provincial secretary Solly Phetoe.

He said that, despite concerns raised with the ANC, the party had appointed candidates not favoured by the alliance and had “deliberately” ignored Cosatu’s submissions.

Phetoe said that Cosatu had been “tossed from pillar to post” in trying to meet with the party to resolve the issue.

“We are not aware of that issue,” said ANC North West spokesperson Kenny Morolong.

He said that the party would continue to engage with Cosatu.

Phetoe said Cosatu had “learnt with shock and disappointment [of] the announcement of the working programme between the Democratic Alliance, United Christian Democratic Party and the ANC”.

Morolong said he was not aware of any working programme, official or unofficial, between the parties.

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