Unhappy branches to march for attention

2016-05-06 06:00

IRATE ANC branches in Kokstad declared that they will march for attention following allegations that names for new ward candidates have been added to a list despite nominations already being closed.
Apparently community members were coerced into adding these names to put forward as possible candidates for the August elections.

The six branches that are not happy with the election processes of ward councillors are planning a march in Kokstad on 16 May to voice their concerns about the elections of ward candidates.
Demonstrators will deliver a memorandum to The Greater Kokstad Municipality and to the ANC Constituency offices in Kokstad.

Coordinator, Sihle Mbabala, accused the ruling party of ‘playing around without addressing problems that exists at branch level.’

“Members of the branches have cautioned that they will not vote for candidates that were not elected by the majority of people. The march is also going to raise issues of poor service delivery to the municipality.”

The branch members that are going to participate are from Ward one, two, four, seven, nine and 10.

The ruling party’s National Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, met all Harry Gwala branches and regional leaders in Bulwer last Monday.
He addressed the issue of dissatisfaction of branches but Mbabala blames Mantashe for not giving them clear solutions.

The cadre forum meeting, which Mantashe attended in Bulwer, came at a tough time when the party is preparing for election campaigns and to iron-out problems that exist at branches.

Regional chairperson of Harry Gwala Zamo Nxumalo said Mantashe’s address was fruitful as he encouraged unhappy branches to follow the organisation process when raising concerns.

“Mantashe told the branches to send complaints to sub-regional, regional and national levels. He advised regional leaders to attend grievances of branches before people go to the streets.”Addressing the Constitutional court judgment against President Jacob Zuma’s restoration of corruption charges, Nxumalo said Mantashe commented that the ruling party is not going to remove Zuma.
“Members of the party must be able to convince people to vote for ANC during door-to-door campaigns. When people asked about the ConCourt judgment Mantashe said the judgment doesn’t say Zuma is corrupt or guilty,” he said.

ANC structures including ANC Women’s League and the Youth League were also part of the meeting.

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