Faction fights behind disbandment of ANC’s Chris Hani region

2014-07-11 12:38

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One of the most influential ANC structures in the Eastern Cape has been disbanded by the province’s leadership.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane confirmed the disbandment of the Chris Hani region.

Mabuyane said the decision to disband the region followed a meeting of the party’s provincial executive committee on Monday.

“We met with the regional executive on Wednesday where we officially communicated the decision to disband them. The reasons for this are due to political instability in that region, with factional battles and ill discipline getting out of hand.

“That region was divided before the provincial elective conference last year. They are still divided even today. They are dysfunctional and faction fights are the order of the day. We could not allow that to continue,” Mabuyane said.

He said that on Sunday the provincial executive, together with ANC national executive committee members, would report to the branches of the region and explain the reasons for the disbandment.

He said a task team would be put in place with a mandate to take the region to an early elective conference within the next six months. The region was only due for an elective conference later next year.

The provincial secretary said the decision to dissolve the region comes after numerous attempts to intervene and assist the province politically had failed.

“We tried to assist but we soon realised the region was fast degenerating and this was beginning to affect some of the branches. There was no cooperation from them. We could not allow the ANC in that region to continue being under strain. We had to act in order to find a lasting solution,” he said.

The decision to disband the region come after regional leaders postponed a press conference last Friday where they had planned to defy the province, but decided to seek an eleventh hour intervention from Luthuli House which come to nought.

Meanwhile, Mabuyane also defended provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle, the newly appointed premier of the Eastern Cape, regarding the Mandela funeral scandal.

This followed news reports that money had been deposited into Masualle’s private bank account to use in the days leading up to the funeral.

Mabuyane said the premier was not even aware that money would be deposited in his private bank account and that when it reflected in his account, he returned the money.

“All the money can be accounted for. There is no money that the premier stole or misused. This issue has been blown out of proportion. There is no corruption here. The premier has taken us into his confidence,” Mabuyane said.

He said Buffalo City Metro (BCM) officials implicated in the Mandela funeral money scandal would appear before the party’s integrity commission which would then recommend to the party what action to take.

BCM mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and her deputy, Temba Tinta, council speaker Luleka Simon-Ndzele and senior councillor Sindiswa Gomba have appeared in the East London Magistrates’ Court on charges of money laundering and fraud.

“The commission is meant to mitigate between the legal process and what the ANC policy is. The ANC is gradually losing its moral fibre, hence the establishment of this commission. The commission will assist us to move swiftly and address the matter without waiting for the legal processes. But it is not a substitution for the courts,” Mabuyane said.

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