Cape branch meeting a damp squib

2012-11-03 13:15

Branch organisers used a loud hailer on the streets of the Philippi township outside Cape Town to tell their members about the lunch-time meeting in the Sinethemba Senior Secondary school hall.

They were to nominate national leaders last Saturday.

Despite that, the ANC’s David Ntlanganiso branch had to abandon the meeting after five hours because the 70 paid-up members that arrived weren’t enough to constitute a quorum.

The branch has 284 members, meaning 145 attendees were needed for the 50% plus one quorum needed according to party rules to constitute a valid meeting.

By the time the disappointed members went home, it was evident there was no agreement among them over who to support at the ANC’s national elective congress.

Many of those who turned up at the meeting were young, unemployed and predominantly male.

“People have other commitments thus they are not here but they are coming, we need not worry,” said branch secretary Jongikhaya Mququlwana.

He instructed a member to take the loud hailer out on to the streets again to call members.

With only glasses of water on offer as refreshments at the hall, he urged those who had arrived to stay and wait.

By 5pm, people’s patience ran out and the meeting was called off without a date for a new meeting being set.

Discussions among members indicated a leaning toward the branch supporting Jacob Zuma for a second term. 

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