ANC fires independent candidates

2011-04-06 17:50

Durban - ANC members who stand as independent candidates in the upcoming local elections have automatically expelled themselves from the party, it said on Wednesday.

"We believe that those who have chosen the route of being independent candidates have violated the code of conduct and have automatically expelled themselves," ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala told the media in Durban.

It was recently reported that many disgruntled ANC members had decided to stand as independent candidates because they were not happy with the candidate selection process.

"We have noted all dissatisfactions about the selected candidates and these were minimal compared to the majority endorsed by communities and the alliance," said Zikalala.

He said the ANC and its alliance partners would not support independent candidates.

"We are not afraid of them. We know what happened to others who have done so."

Selection process transparent

The ANC selection process was transparent because it involved community members who were not members of the ANC, said Zikalala.

"As the ANC, we are proud to have applied the most democratic process despite some challenges which were mainly based on political opportunism and some possible manipulation which were attended to," he said.

Dissatisfaction about the selection process is not new in the ANC.

During the previous local government elections, many disgruntled ANC members stood as independent candidates.

In the eThekwini Municipality alone, more than 100 ANC members stood as independent candidates.

SA Communist Party KwaZulu-Natal secretary Themba Mthembu said the number of ANC members who intended standing as independent candidates this year was low compared to previous elections.

"The number is very low this time around. In the eThekwini Municipality, for example, we have less than 20 ANC members who have indicated that they will stand as independent candidates," he said.

The ANC would contest every ward in KwaZulu-Natal, said Zikalala.

"We want to retain all wards and also take more from other parties."

  • Irelander - 2011-04-06 17:55

    I can only presume that if someone is standing as an independent they have already left the ANC? Whats this about the ANC firing them? Typical offensive strategy.

      SamuelMabena - 2011-04-06 18:31

      It seem to be the party's strategy for covering up their incompetence. Just turn everything around and blame those who are unhappy with your lack of skills or governance.

      SamuelMabena - 2011-04-06 18:34

      @ ANClegend. Your picture seems to be the poster child for the upcoming election. You should stand for election. You look more intelligent than the ANC leaders now. Definately more intelligent than ANCYL.

      Steen - 2011-04-06 18:51

      E SamuelMabena o darkie or legoa? if o le Darkie o coconut my bra. o ema lemagoa, a ba go rati and they will never do.

      Felix - 2011-04-07 00:35

      Samuel, pay Tsepho no mind. He's just here to give us a laugh :). Steen on the other hand is pure racist... Umsuga wena, hamba/voetsak Steen.

      dracqlore - 2011-04-07 07:08

      @TheANCLegend, you're not a brother, your embarrassing us.

      Kahki Boshoff - 2011-04-07 10:56

      Those who eat too much pap, automaticall expell themselves from the ANC kitchen.

  • Irelander - 2011-04-06 17:57

    Correction "automatic expulsion" -

  • gizzy - 2011-04-06 17:57

    How can they fire independent candidates? If they are independent then they aren't ANC. Eish!

      Irelander - 2011-04-06 18:02

      Yea exactly. They just like to try point out at every corner that they are in control no matter what the craic is.

      penada - 2011-04-07 09:55

      actually gizzy, they can be fired because a lot of these people do stand as independants even though they have not revoked their party membership. hence their rightful termination

      gizzy - 2011-04-07 10:08

      penada, only in the ANC can such confusion reign! Ha!ha!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-04-06 18:05

    Is this news? It is almost like an argument between children where someone wants to have the last say.

      BrokenLink - 2011-04-06 18:21

      It is.....but so is the rest of ANC related news :)

  • Mabandla - 2011-04-06 18:22

    When will the ANC start to listen to the people, this will carry until they stop this arrogance they have. S.A. democracy has been turned into an animal farm by the ANC.

      SamuelMabena - 2011-04-06 18:26

      I agree, we could see this coming for few years now. The ANC has failed the people of South Africa. We don't need a 'black' party, we need a democratic party that values all South Africans. We all have something to contribute to this wonderful country.

      Nigro - 2011-04-06 18:35

      @Mabandla,yes l agree with you boss,ANC does not care about the people anymore.Balahlile ngesiZulu.Wait until the DA takes over Gauteng.R10 for a litre of petrol while they send millions of rands to ghadafi.The Ministers are over paid and drive the most expensive cars while we pay taxes and the proposed toll fees

      Steen - 2011-04-06 18:53

      SamuelMabena when you say the ANC has failed the people are you comparing it with the white goverment that only cared about whites? see the bigger picture brother, dont be a fool.

      Irelander - 2011-04-06 22:12

      @Steen I can only assume you misread SamuelMabena comment - I thought he put it quite well. Brother...

      Felix - 2011-04-07 00:37

      Steen, you will die hating... Just like Vervoed and Malema.

  • saliem - 2011-04-06 18:24

    No wouldn't it be fantastic retribution if some of these independents actually gained more votes than the chose Luthuli House elite? Hehehe gotta love this country :P

  • Monica - 2011-04-06 18:28

    What is the code of conduct of the ANC? CORRUPTION; RAPE; MURDER; AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ETC. They have no morals or standards and think they are the diciples of God. They think they are serving this country; they are ruining everything they touch. A NOTHER CORRUPTION! That is what I see!

      Bill - 2011-04-06 18:43

      Right on Monica!!

  • Musa Ngubane - 2011-04-06 18:44

    Some people are so desperate to be ward councilors that they start to mobilise community members once they are not elected. These people are not bigger than the ANC. They have expelled themselves automatically. They want to use the ANC for their selfish needs. We don't need you in our movement. Independent candidates have never troubled the ANC. People are voting for ANC, not you as individuals. You might have seen what happens to people who left the ANC, many are still fighting against one another. ANC lives, ANC leads!

      gizzy - 2011-04-06 19:02

      Wait until after May 18th before you get too smug! ANC = And nothing constructive!

      Felix - 2011-04-07 00:39

      Musa, you forgot ANC steals & ANC laughs behind the ignorant voters backs.

      DW - 2011-04-07 09:24

      Musa the problem is that the communities put many of these candidates forward as THEIR choice (this is a democracy after all) but the ANC overrode them and put another candidate in. Then those candidates chose to stand as independent. I will not be at all surprised if those very candidates win as independents in those wards - that will show the ANC that their bully tactics are no longer effective. Let the people decide.

  • Freddie - 2011-04-06 18:45

    "As the ANC, we are proud to have applied the most democratic process" If this were true, we would have 'Primary' elections in South Africa, like in the USA. Therefor it is Not True! Not True = A Lie.

  • lubegz - 2011-04-06 18:48

    The beginning of the end...

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