ANC appeals to Zuma on candidate lists

2011-04-08 13:17

East London - The ANC in the OR Tambo region is appealing to President Jacob Zuma to intervene regarding candidate lists for the upcoming local government elections, the Dispatch Online reported on Friday.

"The president is like a CEO of an organisation. He can't keep quiet when things like this happen," said Dumisani Mjokovana, Ingquza Hill’s sub-regional secretary.

"He must guard against the flouting of the principles of the organisation."

The newspaper report said the region split into two factions with separate candidate lists for the May 18 elections.

A group opposing the list which has been handed to the Independent Electoral Commission, has indirectly criticised Zuma’s silence, and have said interactions with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, have proved fruitless.

"We have been dealing with Mantashe, who handles daily activities of the organisation, but now we want to put [the matter] to the president," Mjokovana said.

Last-minute change

Mjokovana claimed that candidate lists were changed at the last minute, by those aligned to provincial leadership.

He said this was after the national list conference had put a stamp on them.

"We have complained to the secretary general to no avail. Hence we now approach the president," Mjokovana said.

Hundreds of ANC members and supporters marched to the party's regional offices to hand over a petition demanding Zuma’s intervention on Thursday, the report said.

In the petition, ANC members state that: "There were continual attempts to destabilise the ANC and the will of the people of the region.

"This has caused too much strain to all peace-loving people and members of the ANC in our region. We feel this can no longer be tolerated as it is a clear programme and strategy of destabilising the ANC in the OR Tambo region".

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told the Dispatch that he was not aware of Thursday's march and referred questions to provincial leaders.

  • Jacobus - 2011-04-08 13:34

    Dog eat dog.

      boepensmanvangraan - 2011-04-08 13:46

      Why on earth do we have a Proportional Representation system with a corrupt government like the ANC? The people should DEMAND a constituency system and vote for who THEY want to govern them at local level. This abomination we have can't be called democracy

      John Smith - 2011-04-08 13:55

      You are defaming Dogs, it's more like - pig eat pig - although that is also wrong because pigs are quite intelligent animals. As for democracy, there is no such thing in Africa, they only go along with that as long as there is no opposition.

      Lawence - 2011-04-08 14:14

      On a minor note: My understanding of the Lists and elections is that the lists, once submitted, are cast in stone. Why complain when nothing can happen about it? The other side out smarted you.

  • BakkieB - 2011-04-08 13:34

    And if you don't listen to us we will burn and loot and strike and NOT move to the Western Cape to increase the black vote for the ANC

  • willieman - 2011-04-08 13:35

    "He must guard against the flouting of the principles of the organisation."What principles wake up there is no democracy in ANC.My friends read ANIMAL FARM you will undersatnd that what we fought for it was the vehicle to propel others in luxury through corruption,nepotism,and conyism.ANc is party of buddy,buddy.Check Shapiro's catoon on The Times of 07/04/2011 it sums it all

  • Wernerkwane - 2011-04-08 13:35

    And so the cracks grow wider.....

  • Pienk Zuit - 2011-04-08 13:36

    You can't this stuff up! Haha! The ANC is cannibalising itself.

  • Sir Charles - 2011-04-08 13:36

    You can take the boy out of the squatter camp but not the squatter camp out of the boy !

  • - 2011-04-08 13:38

    Get use to this ANC members... The rest of South Africa saw this a long time coming and decided to vote for another party... The ANC is just for those top scum filling their own pockets and don't give a damn about the rest of South Africa. They will not listen to their members. South Africa belongs to them and stuff those thinking otherwise....

      David - 2011-04-08 13:54

      Yip, you may have the vote however you have no say in matters that directly impact you. The decision as to who will represent will not be made local council or provincial level. The POLITBUREAU will be deciding who is best for you, enjoy!!!

  • Rob - 2011-04-08 13:44

    All aboard the gravy train!!!! Oh wait, I don't have a ticket...

  • John Smith - 2011-04-08 13:44

    Zuma isn't interested in your opposition to his cronies being placed in power, after all he won't get his regular kickbacks and his extended family will have their snouts out of the trough.Let them eat mealies!!!!

  • Virginia - 2011-04-08 13:54

    They are only putting all their Cadres into lucrative position in this country. The people require someone they an depend on to fight for their rights,which unfortunately they do not have under the current government. The leaders of to day do not understand that they are not working with people os yesteryear who will do as they say, all these citizens want their piece of the pie.

  • 123online123 - 2011-04-08 14:04

    "This has caused too much strain to all peace-loving people and members of the ANC in our region. " Ja, always thought there were peace-loving people, and then those belonging to the ANC. It has become very evident lately and here we have it in writing.

  • vanommen.jan - 2011-04-08 14:21

    "...strategy of destabilising the ANC in the OR Tambo region", whose strategy would that be? Seems to be internal to the ANC, so please do not bother non-ANC with protests and such and fight your battles within the ANC.

      BilboBaggins - 2011-04-08 15:53

      Greed and power-mongering are the 'destablising factors' and over there, in that neck of the woods, the panga and gun rules. Embarrasing and more fodder for the rest of the world to laugh at Africa.

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-04-08 14:34

    What on earth has happened to the "once proud ANC?" - the problem is, what is happening affects ALL of us......what a thought, letting this crowd decide OUR future, our children's education, our healthcare facilities, the police force, the way municipalities are run, the cost of power, the cost of electricity, THE COST OF FOOD. The worst part? - they still vote for this party with BANKRUPT policies, and then tell us that there is NO alternative. So they just "Karring Aan"

  • Paul - 2011-04-08 14:48

    Why are you surprised, The ANC has no interest in what the people want. This is a dictatorship under the misguided notion they know what they are doing and actually care. The uplifting of the people is nothing more than a continuation of Apartheid policy under a new colour. The "SELF APPOINTED ELITE" will only be looking after their own. The life expectancy of South Africans has dropped, and the wealth gap getting wider every year. Unemployment higher. Education is FAR FAR behind what is should be. Wake up this is just the start soon your vote will be worth nothing who you going to blame then. Apartheid & Whites I don't think so, look a little closer to home my friends. It will be your ANC leading you down the road to dictatorship. NEVER have Africans fostered democracy EVER. So the belief that you have your rights and are liberated is just an illusion and guess what you will be left behind while the elite rape and plunder and divert the blame to "Challenges of the previous regime" "Whites undermining the policy's of the ANC" "Bloody Agents" and "Counter revolutionary Forces" The ANC in more interested with dictating who will lead you than letting the people choose. So brace yourself

  • BigMoose - 2011-04-08 15:24

    ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu opens another beer... "Eish," he thinks and downs another cold one. "This is a tough job, trying to answer all of these difficult questions. Woza week-end."

  • BilboBaggins - 2011-04-08 15:49

    Now if only the same amount of energy was put into GETTING THE JOB DONE FOR WHICH YOU PAID. Just a bunch of squabbling children fighting over the chance of some serious pocket-stuffing. Yaaaaaaawn.

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