Cracks start to show Scarred by public violence

2016-05-25 06:00
JOHN DAKA ROAD, littered with debris following a service delivery protest in Galeshewe on Monday (23/05). According to Lt. Olebogeng Tawana, Northern Cape police spokesperson, a total of 17 people were arrested on charges of public violence. During the protest, roads leading into the Retswelele residential area were barricaded with burning tyres and tree branches. Among the people arrested are ten men and seven women, who will all appear before the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court. The police stated that no injuries had been reported and that they were monitoring the Galeshewe area.   Photo: Emile Hendricks

JOHN DAKA ROAD, littered with debris following a service delivery protest in Galeshewe on Monday (23/05). According to Lt. Olebogeng Tawana, Northern Cape police spokesperson, a total of 17 people were arrested on charges of public violence. During the protest, roads leading into the Retswelele residential area were barricaded with burning tyres and tree branches. Among the people arrested are ten men and seven women, who will all appear before the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court. The police stated that no injuries had been reported and that they were monitoring the Galeshewe area. Photo: Emile Hendricks

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AS we are slowly but surely approaching the announcement of the final list of what is going to be the new leadership of Ward 2 in Phokwane, Express Northern Cape has learned that a power struggle is already brewing among different factions in what was supposed to be a united front.

Cracks have become visible in the ANC whose members seem to be at loggerheads over the unexpected appearance of the name of Sentse Kalman following the death of the former speaker of the Phokwane Municipality, Dieketseng Mooketsi.

According to a reliable and anonymous source, a dispute was lodged with the ANC office, accusing some of the leadership of manipulating the list.

The concern amongst the members is the possibility of Kalman, who is now reportedly at the top of the list, being earmarked for the position of the mayor, as he is now replacing Mooketsi.

Concerns are also that Kalman was not even there when the initial list process began.

“We expected the name of the late speaker Dieketseng Mooketsi, who had sadly passed away, and it is a surprise to us to see the other name being on the top of the list,” explained one branch member who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The crux of the matter is the position of mayor. Whoever gets this position will be in a position of power and others will be left out in the cold. ”

The branch is reportedly losing confidence in the ANC provincial leadership’s ability to resolve the dispute.

Branch members believe that although the dispute has been lodged, it is unlikely that it will change anything because decisions that have been taken as a collective at an ANC conference cannot be changed.

Responding to a media enquiry, the spokesperson for the ANC provincial office, Naledi Gaosekwe, said that all disputes were currently with the National List Committee.

“The list is not final.

“The list is with the Provincial List Committee. The next step will be to take it to the National List Committee, which will review the presentation of the lists from provinces,” she stated.

Regarding whether Sentse Kalman will automatically be replacing the late Mooketsi, who was earmarked for the position of mayor of Phokwane, Gaosekwe further stated: “No, the process has not been finalised yet. We have to wait for the outcome from the National List Committee.”

It has become known that four minibuses transported branch members from Phokwane to Kimberley to meet with the provincial secretary, Zamani Saul, on Monday (23/05) regarding the matter.

Although the ANC office has not confirmed this yet, rumours also has it that the list has been amended.

The situation has so far been calm with no violence reported regarding the in-fightings.

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