Mokonyane booed at event

2010-03-22 19:30

Johannesburg - The Gauteng ANC on Monday denied any tensions ahead of its provincial executive committee elections after Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was booed during a human rights commemoration.

"We don't think it is a faction until we make a proper investigation," said Gauteng ANC spokesperson Dumisa Nhuli.

Mokonyane, who is Gauteng ANC deputy chairperson, is reportedly locked in a struggle for control of the province with Gauteng provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile.

The ANC has steadfastly denied faction-fighting in the past, but indications on the ground seem to indicate otherwise.

"If it's a group of people who complain we will not know until we make specific investigations. Sometimes people don't belong to branches," Ntuli said.

Selling out

Beeld newspaper reported Mokonyane was booed and insulted during human rights celebrations in Sharpeville in the Vaal triangle on Sunday.

Party members from the Sedibeng District reportedly blew whistles and vuvuzelas before and during Mokonyane's speech and hurled insults at her. Some even showed obscene hand signals at her.

Others held placards with slogans such as: "Mokonyane is selling out the ANC" and "Mashatile for chairman".

The 50th anniversary celebrations of the Sharpeville massacre were suspended for a few minutes so the crowds could be calmed down.

Public image

Mahole Mofokeng, Sedibeng District Municipality mayor, left the stage to rebuke the supporters, the newspaper reported.

Mashatile, currently deputy minister of arts and culture, lost the position of premier to Mokonyane last year. She was supported by national ANC leaders, including President Jacob Zuma.

Officials in the premier's office are working hard to create a public image of a hard-working leader for Mokonyane, the newspaper reported.

Mokonyane last week refused to become involved in a scandal involving a R30m contract which government awarded without a tender, the newspaper reported.