ANC Western Cape members storm party meeting

2016-05-18 17:02

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Cape Town – More than 100 unhappy ANC members stormed into the party’s Western Cape offices on Wednesday and disrupted a Provincial Executive Committee meeting.

They expressed concern over the candidate lists for the August 3 local government elections.

Clad in mostly ANC T-shirts, the group barged into the meeting singing, dancing, and banging on tables, demanding an audience.

They stood on the tables and shouted their demands, including that the nomination of councillor candidates in their wards be redone.

One of the members said they had tried to raise concerns with the ANC over the weekend, but they were ignored.

Discontent with process

"They can't force councillors on us," she said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The group claimed the consultation process ahead of the nominations had been flawed. 

“The PEC was in session to deal exactly with any discontentment or possible irregularities that would have occurred in the long and rigorous process of choosing both ward and PR councillors,” ANC provincial spokesperson Yonela Diko said.

He said the candidate list process had not yet been completed.

"Until the PEC endorses the candidate list of councillors, nothing is final and therefore any discontent is premature," he said.

Lack of young blood

Diko called on members not to “allow themselves to be used to indulge imaginary fears based on false information”.

Earlier this month, the provincial ANC youth league expressed concern over the lack of "young blood" on the candidate lists.

“We feel that that is unacceptable,” provincial chairperson Khalid Sayed said at a press conference.

Sayed said the regional list conference to select delegates to represent the ANC in the provinces had taken place and that lists had been finalised.

The youth league was stunned to find the promise to reserve 20% of candidate spots for the youth had not materialised, he said.

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