Suspension drama exposes fissures in regional ANC

2013-10-25 00:00

SOME branches of the powerful ANC eThekwini region have thrown their weight behind their secretary Bheki Ntshan­gase to prevent him from being suspended.

The Witness yesterday learnt that three attempts were made this week to suspend Ntshangase, but all failed when regional leaders failed to get a quorum together.

Last month Ntshangase was axed as the leader of the election co-ordination team and the move led to disquiet in the region.

He was axed after the ANC failed to win Ward 33, Glenwood, in a by-election.

Ntshangase’s supporters say the ANC did not expect to win the by-election and used the defeat to oust him.

“This week three meetings were called with the intention to suspend him. All the meetings failed to reach a quorum.

“We find it strange that the meetings were called without Ntshangase’s knowledge. We have huge cracks in the regional leadership at this stage.”

Last month Ntshangase was accused of assaulting an ANCYL member at a party meeting in Umlazi township. The matter was thrown out of court.

The Witness understands that Ntshan­gase had appeared before an ANC disciplinary committee chaired by Finance MEC Ina Cronjé and the matter was postponed.

ANC spokesperson Senzo Mkhize yesterday refused to give details on the disciplinary hearing and the charges Ntshangase faces.

“We cannot communicate on who appears before the disciplinary committee of the ANC. These are internal matters that can never be communicated. ANC internal matters remain internal,” he said.

Mkhize said they had no idea about the region’s failed attempts to have Ntshan­gase suspended.

“As far as I know there are no problems in the region.

“Our provincial leadership would be aware of any problems.”

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