35+ complaints sent to ANC on candidate list
Johannesburg - The ANC received more than 35 complaints from party members in Limpopo on alleged irregularities in the May 2011 local government elections candidate lists, its provincial office said on Thursday.
More complaints than expected were received when the national executive committee's (NEC) task team arrived in Polokwane on Wednesday, said spokesperson Makonde Mathivha.
The NEC decided to intervene and investigate after receiving complaints that popular candidates had been removed from the ANC's candidate lists.
The probe, which started on Thursday, was being headed by Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The investigation began with a meeting between the task team and the provincial executive committee.
"They [task team] are now going to meet with the structures from different regions," said Mathivha.
"They want to understand... the nature of the complaints."
Mathivha said the team would also meet the screening committees put in place during the local government elections to discuss what they knew about the candidate lists.
The regions where the complaints surfaced were Peter Mokaba, Mopane, the Waterberg, Vhembe, and Sekhukhune.
The task team had already completed investigations in seven other provinces.
After Limpopo, the task team would head to the Eastern Cape. It would then compile a report to be presented to the NEC.