ANC campaign ‘coincides’ with SACP lecture

2015-02-04 15:00

The SACP’s lecture will go ahead in Mpumalanga this weekend, but the ANC has apparently come up with another plan to sabotage it.

While the ANC Ehlanzeni regional executive committee has publicly declared its support for the SACP event, it has been organising a rally for the Imvuselelo Campaign (aimed at building strong and vibrant ANC branches), which was due to be held in KaNyamazane stadium on Saturday – the day the lecture is scheduled to take place.

The stadium is a stone’s throw from the community hall where the SACP will have its lecture to honour former Mbombela council speaker Jimmy Mohlala and former SACP secretary-general Joe Slovo.

The lecture was initially scheduled for January 25 but ANC supporters violently disrupted it because of the touchy subject of Mohlala and because former Mpumalanga premier and ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa was going to speak.

This was after the ANC’s Ehlanzeni regional executive committee had warned its SACP counterparts that they should cancel the event or there would be consequences.

Regional executive committee leaders folded their arms and watched as ANC supporters provoked the SACP and then a fight broke out where pickaxe handles, broomsticks, stones, bricks and firearms were used.

The regional executive committee viewed the event as an attack on Premier David Mabuza. They wanted Phosa off the programme because he had submitted documents to ANC national officials alleging that Mabuza could have been an apartheid spy.

On the other hand, the SACP has been pressurising national police commissioner Riyah Phiyega to re-open the investigation into Mohlala’s murder and other political assassination cases. The SACP believes that the political assassinations happened because of corruption and bitter fights for tenders.

Mohlala was shot on January 5 2009 at his KaNyamazane home. At the time, he was exposing corruption in the R1.2 billion 2010 Mbombela Fifa World Cup stadium.

Mpumalanga SACP secretary, Bonakele Majuba, said: “Well, they have a right to have their Imvuselelo event – a programme parallel to ours. We’re going ahead with our lecture this weekend.”

This time, Majuba said, SACP leaders such as national first deputy secretary Solly Mapaila would attend.

The ANC’s regional executive committee secretary, Phazamisa Mathe, confirmed that the Imvuselelo event was being planned.

“Yes, but we’re still going to confirm it. We have an alliance meeting this afternoon to deal with issues that no event disrupts the other,” said Mathe.

Majuba alleged last week that Mabuza confessed to him that he knew about the disruption – a claim Mabuza has denied but he has not yet condemned the violence.

Meanwhile, Mpumalanga police arrested regional executive committee and Mbombela mayoral committee member Bheki Zulu for public violence relating to the outbreak of the violence.

Zulu was released on free bail and he is set to re-appear in the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on February 19.

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