Ruling party tells members to unite

2016-06-10 06:00
 Photo: Siphelele Nketo Greeting elders at Rawuwe village in Matatiele (front, from left) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, speaker of Alfred Nzo District Municipality Sandile Sello, Provincial ANC member Vusi Mgoduka and Alfred Nzo regional chairperson Sixolile Mehlomakhulu.

Photo: Siphelele Nketo Greeting elders at Rawuwe village in Matatiele (front, from left) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, speaker of Alfred Nzo District Municipality Sandile Sello, Provincial ANC member Vusi Mgoduka and Alfred Nzo regional chairperson Sixolile Mehlomakhulu.

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GENERAL ANC secretary Gwede Mantashe has called for unity and peace among the party members ahead of local government elections.
Mantashe met with more than 500 branch members at Ward 25 in Rawuwe village outside Matatiele last Friday.

Members requested Mantashe to restore harmony in the branch and blame regional leaders and councillors for causing division.
Mahlomowa Mzinyathi said: “We are divided in this ward. Provincial and other national members have tried to unite the area, but there is no change. We don’t greet each other as members of the same party.”

Other branch members told Mantashe that some members have low interest in the party because councillors undermine people.

Mantashe said members should focus on campaigns for the upcoming local government elections. He admitted that the election of ward candidates has caused cracks in the party.
“I am here to bring peace, not to take sides. The unhappy members about elected candidates must accept the results and campaign for the party to win elections. If your candidate is not elected, you must accept and support the appointed one. Let us be a family, not enemies.”

He distanced himself from accusations made by some party members that he interfered during the election of ward candidates. He said the selection process of candidates has nothing to do with him and he can’t doing anything about who should be elected in wards.

“I have big power in the party even in government. I am also responsible to protect the party. If President Jacob Zuma has sinned my duty is to make sure he is protected. People talk about Nkandla and the president. I have never visited Nkandla, but my duty is to tell the public that the president has apologised.”

He called on branch executive leadership to meet and organise door-to-door campaigns.

On Saturday he met with Cedarville branch members in a community hall. They voiced their dissatisfaction about election candidates two months ago.

A large number of community members in the area vow to support South African Communist Party in the local government elections.

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