ANC activists could face the axe

2011-06-30 00:00

SEVERAL ANC activists in the Moses Mabhida (Pietermaritzburg) region may be expelled from the party as its provincial executive committee (PEC) has vowed to institute disciplinary action against any member in the region who is in breach of its code of conduct.

The threat by the PEC follows a deadlock in a meeting between PEC members Sihle Zikalala, Peggy Nkonyeni and Senzo Mchunu and a group of disgruntled ANC activists who had been occupying the ANC offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street for the past four weeks demanding, among other things, the disbandment of the ANC’s regional executive committee (REC) and the removal of some councillors.

Sources who were at the meeting at the regional offices in Pietermaritzburg told The Witness that the two parties became deadlocked on the PEC’s rejection of the call for the disbandment of the REC and the appointment of REC member Thobani Zuma as the deputy mayor of uMsunduzi Municipality.

Addressing the media at a press conference in Durban yesterday, Zikalala, who is also the ANC’s provincial secretary, said the ruling will not disband the REC and that some members will face disciplinary action.

This, he said, will be done under an operation titled “Operation Bring Back Order.”

Among those to who may also face disciplinary action, Zikalala said, are 38 ANC members in the province who contested the past local government elections as independents.

“The PEC noted the complaints, in particular the demand that the PEC should disband the REC.

“After thoroughly assessing the state of the REC and the programme that it has implemented in the past years until now, the PEC found no reason to disband the REC.

“But the PEC will work with the region and all other regions in preparation for the regional conferences as all regions will be convening conferences in August till October 2011 …

“The ANC will go out on the Operation Bring Back order, which will include going to all wards in Msunduzi to clarify how the appointment of leadership of the councils was processed.

“The PEC agreed to institute disciplinary action against any member who has breached the code of conduct during recent events in Msunduzi.

“No member of the ANC is above the ANC constitution and code of conduct.”

The leader of the activists, Sbongile Mkhize, said the protest will continue, but the protesters will meet to discuss the latest developments involving the PEC, which has partly addressed their grievances.

Zikalala said the PEC also re-affirmed its confidence in the leadership of provincial chairperson and Premier Zweli Mkhize, who has come under attack from the activists who accuse him of being party to tender-related corruption in Msunduzi.

On posters stuck on the walls of the ANC’s Pietermaritzburg offices Mkhize is described as “Zweliwamathenda”(“Zweli the tenderprenuer”).

“The ANC PEC reiterates its full confidence in the provincial chairperson as the political head of the ANC in the province.

“There has been direct attack targeting the chairperson because of events in Moses Mabhida region.

“The PEC is satisfied that the provincial chairperson was never involved in such [tender] contracts,” Zikalala said.

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