Party denies report of Godi suspension

2011-10-17 00:00

ALARM bells rang after the SABC reported that the chairperson of parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), Themba Godi — who has garnered high praise for his work in calling the government to account on many issues — faced suspension from his own party.

However, African People’s Convention (APC) spokesperson Patrick Sindane dismissed the report, saying it was misinformation spread by certain disaffected members.

The SABC report quoted APC central executive committee member Mafemane Maringa saying Godi is being suspended and will be subjected to a disciplinary hearing for sowing divisions within the party.

Sindane said both he and Godi were at the central committee meeting attended by over 260 party delegates from all provinces, which was held at the Germiston Civic Centre in Gauteng’s East Rand yesterday. He said no such decision was taken and he will be responding to Maringa’s statement today.

Godi would not be drawn to comment, saying a decision was taken that Sindane will handle media queries on the matter.

The APC was formed by Godi, a former deputy leader of the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania, when the floor-crossing legislation applied in September, 2007. The party retained its seat in the National Assembly in the 2009 elections, but lost both of its representatives in the provincial legislatures of Gauteng and Eastern Cape.

Godi has been praised by opposition parties and civic organisations for being a hard-working and fearless chairperson of Scopa. He has been credited with keeping the door open on the controversial arms deal with his insistence that it should be investigated.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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