ANC ‘rebels’ expelled over local office sit-in

2012-01-12 00:00

The ANC “rebels”, who staged a month long sit-in at the party’s Moses Mabhida region offices last year, were this week issued with expulsion papers.

Eight members reportedly identified as the ringleaders of a protest that involved over 200 people were expelled on Tuesday, after a provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) chaired by Finance MEC Ina Cronjé found them guilty in absentia.

They reportedly snubbed the disciplinary hearing.

An ANC document stated that they were charged with bringing the organisation into disrepute, provoking serious division in the organisation, undermining respect or impeding the functioning of the organisation, participating in factional activity, and prejudicing the integrity of the organisation. They were found guilty of all charges.

The group occupied the party’s offices for over a month, rendering the offices dysfunctional.

They were calling for the disbandment of the regional executive committee and claimed the provincial executive committee leadership had turned a blind eye to corruption by some members, resulting in the Msunduzi Municipality’s financial ruin.

Expelled member Sibongile Mkhize said it would not affect their party membership as they planned to appeal.

She said their actions aimed to protect the ANC from corruption, adding that their expulsion was surprising since Minister Nkosazana Zuma was conducting her own investigation into the issue.

Mkhize added their expulsion is meant to ensure the re-election of the same REC.

Another expelled member Siya Mshengu said he still regards himself as a member, as he had not been informed of the charges against him and, subsequently, did not attend the hearing.

“Furthermore, I am not in the executive of the ANC and hence I should be disciplined by my branch, not by the PDC.”

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