ANC chases reporter from meeting

2011-01-25 11:37

The ANC has chased a City Press reporter from a public meeting, saying the party needed “space to complete internal processes”.

City Press political writer Cedric Mboyisa was told to leave a community meeting in Katlehong on Sunday at which the party was presenting its candidates for the upcoming local elections in Ward 101 to the community.

The facilitator of the meeting, Thabang Rampalane, gave Mboyisa his marching orders, saying it was an ANC gathering so the media was not allowed.

Rampalane angered some community members earlier when he ordered that only ANC members must attend the meeting.

Mboyisa took up the issue of his barring from the public meeting with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

Mantashe agreed with Rampalane, saying that although it was a public meeting it was strictly ANC business because the party was conducting its internal process of electing candidates for the local polls.

“Is it possible to give the ANC space to complete its processes?

Just treat the ANC like any other party.

My considered view is that journalists should not be allowed in ANC internal matters. Please give us space,” Mantashe told City Press.

The community meeting was held at the local Chivirikani Primary School.

The ANC presented its eight candidates to residents, who expressed unhappiness about the slow pace of service delivery, especially pertaining to housing.

The ANC read out the candidates’ CVs and then asked them four questions each.

Community members were only allowed to pose two questions to each candidate.

The ANC questions to its candidates were:

» What have you done for the community?

» What do you see as the main problem to be addressed in this community?

» How will you strengthen the work of the council?

» What skills would you bring to the council?

The original eight candidates were whittled down to four.

The chosen candidates were never announced but Rampalane said four candidates were shortlisted.

The names of the final four would be forwarded to the party’s regional office.

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