Ruling party meeting disrupted

2016-12-16 06:01
Photos: siphelele nketo ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member and minister of Public Works, Thulasi Nxesi listens as an ANC member voices his complaint.

Photos: siphelele nketo ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member and minister of Public Works, Thulasi Nxesi listens as an ANC member voices his complaint.

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A MEETING, which was planned to listen to complaints raised by ANC members about political interference during selection of ward candidates for the last Local Government Elections, was disrupted at Thuntulwana community hall in Bongweni on Sunday.

ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member and minister of Public Works, Thulasi Nxesi was deployed by the ruling party to listen to the complaints of Ward 8 residents in Kokstad.

Members of the party who were supporting former councillor, Monde Nondabula in becoming a Ward 8 councillor and others who wanted Lwanda Madikizela to remain, attended the meeting.

However, the meeting, scheduled for 2pm, started an hour late due to the late arrival of Nxesi. Tempers rose due to the late coming which led to residents threatening him.

Nxesi was rescued by other attendees when angry residents tried to prevent him from exiting the hall.

Addressing the meeting, Nxesi called for discipline. “Meetings of the ANC are always peaceful and calm. I am here to listen to complaints about the listing of candidates that were put before the elections,” said Nxesi.

He added that the ANC has deployed NEC members including himself to visit all wards where there were disputes before the elections.
“After these meetings, we are going to take decisions about the future of current councillors,” he said.

In Kokstad about seven wards complained about unfair processes when councillors were selected. Some ANC members ended up joining opposition parties while others became independent candidates.

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