ANC suspends, expels 156

2012-12-16 22:21

The ANC did not only take disciplinary steps against ANC Youth League leaders but suspended and expelled 156 other members, mostly public representatives, including MPs, for various transgressions such as defying ANC structures.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said an overwhelming number of disciplinary cases that came before the National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal involved public representatives where there was a “general decline in terms of organisational discipline”.

Mantashe decried the behaviour of ANC members in Potchefstroom who “handed over” the mayoral seat to a DA member because of differences between ANC councillors and the ANC mayor.

“Such a lack of discipline has adverse effects on the ANC’s ability to deliver effective services to our people and we must continue to place greater emphasis on electing and retaining ANC representatives who serve our people and organisation with discipline and loyalty,” said Mantashe.

He singled out the ANCYL, North West and Limpopo ANC members for displaying ill-discipline in a “rude and disrespectful” manner.

Mantashe, who was delivering the party’s organisational report today, said the national disciplinary committee has since recommended that all new ANC members be schooled about the disciplinary processes that are followed if they breach the party’s constitution.

“The ANC must embark on training programmes to equip members with the tools to distinguish between robust debate, competition and ill-discipline. As part of organisational renewal, emphasis must be placed on identifying and developing comrades with leadership skills and capabilities,” said Mantashe.

The province with the highest number of suspended or expelled members was the Eastern Cape with 114, most of whom were sanctioned for taking part in “activities of another organisation opposed to the ANC”.

Mantashe decried the rowdy and unruly behaviour of the ANCYL in the 2008 conference where Malema was elected.

While the relationship between the ANCYL and its mother body started very well after the Polokwane conference, it quickly deteriorated to the point that the league was seen as having taken an oppositionist stance, said Mantashe.

“Emboldened by the space given to it to make remarks on almost everything, the youth league started a trend of pre-empting the ANC on every announcement, including decisions of structures in which they participate as ex-officio members.

“This was beginning to undermine the ANC as it was seen to be tailing its youth league,” said Mantashe, who singled out the league’s premature pronouncement that former president Thabo Mbeki would be recalled.

The league had turned nastier with young members publicly attacking ANC leaders and hurling insults at individual ANC leaders, said Mantashe.

Attempts by the ANC to wrest the situation, said Mantashe, did not work as “this behaviour continued, escalated and eventually led to the charges being laid against the president of the ANCYL (Malema)”.

He called on the league and other party members to distinguish between militancy and anarchy.

Mantashe urged party members throughout the country to attend to the “acrimonious” relations that have spilt over to other provinces.

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