Threats to sabotage ANC rally

2013-10-04 00:00

DISGRUNTLED supporters of axed ANC election co-ordinator Bheki Ntshangase say they will sabotage the party’s KwaMashu election campaign rally this weekend.

Ntshangase, the party’s eThekwini regional secretary, was last month removed after his party failed to win the by- election in Ward 33 in Glenwood.

His supporters say that the party did not expect to win the ward, but Ntshangase was blamed for the loss and was sacrificed.

Enoch Mthethwa is now the person tasked by the provincial leadership to lead the election co-ordination team in the eThekwini region.

Ntshangase’s supporters have accused regional and provincial leaders of being willing to purge people to get control of resources in the eThekwini municipality.

The ANC plans to use the weekend rally to showcase its support ahead of the 2014 general elections and as a dry-run for the way it organises rallies. The success of the rally would also be used as the yardstick for the party in preparing for municipal elections in 2016.

Aggrieved branch members in the KZN region plan to sabotage the rally by asking people not to attend. KZN has 103 branches and is the most powerful ANC region in the country,

The ANC has organised 352 buses to transport its members to and from the Princess Magogo stadium — 204 buses have been assigned to the eThekwini region.

A source said some members have been aggressively lobbying branches to sabotage the rally. “Members feel that ANC is losing internal democracy. People feel they are being undermined by the provincial leaders who booted out Ntshangase as election co-ordinator — that angered everyone.”

Yesterday, it emerged that some branches plan to give wrong directions to the bus drivers as part of the sabotage.

“The launch of the ANC’s provincial election campaign seeks to showcase its support and intimidate other political parties. The sabotage plan could have a negative impact in the future,” said a senior ANC member.

“The gloves are off between members and the leaders. The buses coming to collect members will be misdirected. We cannot be treated like deadwood while the masses of supporters come from branches.”

However, ANC spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said the rally would go as planned. He said they were aware of plans to sabotage the rally.

“We have organised 352 buses and these will be full on Sunday.”

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala tried to downplay Ntshangese’s removal, saying eThekwini was not the only region where a co-ordinator was removed. “The eThekwini secretary is part of the co-ordinating team. The region is one of the areas where we want to maximise the support of the ANC,” he said.

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