ANC appeals to Zuma on candidate lists
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.
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.