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Eastern Cape 'hitlist' won't deter ANC

2011-04-05 19:46

Johannesburg - Threats to ANC members in the Eastern Cape will not deter the party from fulfilling its mandate to South Africans, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

"We call on our structures to distance themselves from those seeking personal gain. We want to warn all those that bringing the organisation into disrepute that they run the risk of excluding themselves from the organisation," Mantashe said in a statement.

The Hawks confirmed that two people were arrested last week over an alleged plot to kill five ANC leaders, including provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane and Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the ANC's provincial spokesman.

The pair appeared in court on Friday and were remanded in custody. They were due back in court on Wednesday.

They were reportedly suspected of being involved in a plot to kill the ANC leaders who blocked their preferred candidates from contesting local government positions in the upcoming May 18 polls.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape witnessed a revolt over its local election candidate lists recently with members in various regions taking the party to court over the candidate selection process.

The ANC's troubles in the province have not ended with the submission of the candidate lists to the Independent Electoral Commission. The Dispatch online reported on Tuesday that 56 members of the party lodged an urgent application at the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha on Monday.

The members from the OR Tambo region, the report said, wanted the IEC to reject the lists which they charge were tampered with.

Faceless people

Mantashe said four people were arrested for the hit list. Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela could not immediately be reached for comment on the additional arrests.

Mantashe said the hit list showed the "extent to which the situation has deteriorated in the Eastern Cape".

"As the ANC we will not tolerate unwarranted diversions that are informed by counter revolutionary agendas."

The ANC had four court cases from members in the Eastern Cape. All the cases were dismissed in the ANC's favour.

"These cases did not stand a legal process on the grounds of the court decision. We are concerned with the consistency of those involved.

"Ordinary members of the ANC do not have resources that can pursue the matter to the level of the high court unless there are faceless people that are bank rolling these court cases."

Mantashe said, overall, the ANC was "satisfied" with its list process.

"We have achieved ANC policy on gender parity, representation and continuity. This will ensure that we win large numbers of wards even in opposition strong holds."

He said the challenged stemmed from the "new and necessary approach" the ANC adopted to candidate selection - it subjected candidates to scrutiny by the communities they were nominated to serve.

Comments
  • Jason - 2011-04-05 20:03

    How can you full fill anything the legacy of apartheid is standing in the way of progress!! or some piss poor excuse as always

  • andrelouisw - 2011-04-05 20:04

    Yeah! Smacks of cronizim!

  • edvermaak - 2011-04-05 20:30

    "We call on our structures to distance themselves from those seeking personal gain." You all may as well then distance yourselves from the ANC Mr Mantashe. Who in the ANC has proven themself to be there for their voters?

  • Slapper - 2011-04-05 20:33

    Scumbags fighting Scumbags for a space at the feeding trough. Tragedy is, when they get the position they don't have a clue what to do, except try to fill their pockets.

      edvermaak - 2011-04-05 20:43

      You hit the nail on the head. They know EXACTLY what to do with the position. For them it IS to fill their pockets...

  • Father-Time - 2011-04-05 20:39

    Not even the threat of death will stop these power hungry s@vages from digging their paws into the tax payers money (the only reason they want to be in power, not to help the poor). Lie, cheat, steal and kill, yes folks, its the african way. Feel it, it is here!!!!!!!!!

  • etemhoff - 2011-04-05 20:57

    aghh man let them eat cake...

  • birdman - 2011-04-05 21:09

    "We want to warn all those that bringing the organisation into disrepute that they run the risk of excluding themselves from the organisation," Mantashe said in a statement". The ANC is disreputable without the need to bring it there! Your organisation is a disgrace to any sane person. The only reason people want to belong to the ANC is to make sure that they get their "entitlement" before the party implodes. Enjoy your last days in power. You will end up like Gaddafi - your "followers" are waking up slowly to tour lies!

  • birdman - 2011-04-05 21:10

    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

  • WK - 2011-04-05 21:18

    Come on do we have to be so bloody dramatic? A counter-revolutionary is anyone who opposes a revolution, particularly those who act after a revolution to try to overturn or reverse it, in full or in part. A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. A counter-revolutionary is anyone who opposes a revolution, particularly those who act after a revolution to try to overturn or reverse it, in full or in part. A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. It is time to understand YOUR PEOPLE All of us - how much longer do you think you can keep on pulling the wool over the nations EYES....all I plead for is simple delivery...if you cant tell us why not so we can all assist! Start with something small anything...

  • pabnel.nel - 2011-04-06 07:18

    hahahaha, and so the ANC keep destroying itself within... Great stuff. Keep going.... haha

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