Fraudulently elected councillors ‘will be sacked’

2013-01-09 00:00

ANC councillors fingered by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as having been fraudulently elected to their positions will be sacked, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said yesterday.

Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, was tasked by the party to investigate allegations that some councillors were fraudulently elected during the 2011 municipal elections.

Addressing thousands of ANC supporters at Richmond stadium , Mantashe said. “We have the report by Dr Nkosazana [Dlamini-] Zuma on those councillors and the new NEC is dealing with the matter.

“We will be implementing all those recommendations that have been made by the report.

“All those councillors that the report has found were elected to their positions fraudulently will be removed from those positions.”

He urged members to respect the ANC processes and the recommendations of the report.

“If it happens that in your area there is a councillor who you do not like and the report says that councillor was elected properly, you must accept that that councillor will stay.

“And if it happens that you like your councillor, but the report states that he should be removed because he was elected illegally, you must accept that the councillor will be removed from his position,” he said to loud cheers.

The Witness reported recently that an ANC task team investigating irregular nominations for councillor candidate lists had ordered 11 new by-elections be held in KwaZulu-Natal. In Msunduzi, Dambuza councillor Mtuza Mkhize and the chairperson of the Moses Mabhida region executive committee, Alpha Shelembe, could lose their jobs.

Mantashe said the ANC’s open recruitment strategy had not come without problems. “KZN is now the biggest province in the ANC and that means we have recruited [people] from other parties …”

He compared members joining from opposition parties to mosquitoes, whom he said often came with cultures foreign to the ANC.

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