Six KZN ANC members appear before disciplinary hearing

2015-06-19 13:28
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Durban - Six ANC members in the Lower South Coast region in KwaZulu-Natal appeared before a disciplinary hearing on Friday, charged with bringing the party into disrepute.

A source, who requested anonymity, told News24 that the disciplinary hearings, taking place at the ANC offices in the Lower South Coast, began at 9:00 and would end at 16:00.

He claims the charges were trumped up because the six disputed the outcome of the regional congress which took place in November 2014.

“National Executive Committee member Malusi Gigaba came to the Lower South Coast region to deliver a lecture on March 22.

"Some members who had disputed the outcome of the regional conference used the opportunity to address the issues facing the Lower South Coast with Malusi.

“They asked Malusi to forward their grievances about the appeals to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. They wanted Malusi to try to get Gwede to respond to their grievances,” said the source.

He said Gigaba left the lecture to listen to the disgruntled members and was given a letter to hand to Mantashe.

“The leadership in the region deems their conduct as being disruptive. What is alarming is that some people have been charged, but some of them were not even there that day.

"The region is trying to discourage, discredit and neutralise those members who are against the new leadership.

"I think another problem is that those disgruntled members have declared support for provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala, because they believe that he is the only one capable of bringing the ANC in the province together,” he said.

Two of the members who appeared before the disciplinary hearing received emails informing them that they had been charged with gross misconduct, intimidation and bringing the ANC into disrepute.

“The ANC said that I led a group of people who disrupted an event attended by Malusi Gigaba at Vungu Hall in Margate. They said that I was disruptive and vandalised property but that is not true, we just spoke to Malusi, we didn’t disrupt. All of the charges are false.

“I know that comrades addressed Malusi on matters relating to the dispute about the congress that took place last year. Some members would not let him out of the venue but he eventually came out to listen to them,” said a source, who requested anonymity.

Another ANC member said he received an email from Sipho Dlamalala, informing him that he needed to appear before a disciplinary hearing on June 19.

“All those that disputed the outcome have been charged with cooked-up charges.

"I work for the Hibiscus Municipality and I received an email at work from the ANC saying that I also led people that disrupted Malusi’s lecture. We just want answers from Gwede about our grievances,” said the source, who also asked not to be named. 

Regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi confirmed that a disciplinary hearing was being held, but would not be drawn to comment further.

“It is an internal process, that’s all I can say,” he said.

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