Court bid fails to stop Mavundla camp

2009-11-28 10:14

THE fortunes of the two warring factions of the National African

Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) took different turns this


The group led by Buhle Mthethwa failed in its court bid on Thursday

to stop a conference organised by the camp headed by Lawrence Mavundla from

taking place in Ekurhuleni.

The conference was scheduled to end yesterday.

The North Gauteng High Court dismissed the application with costs

after it ruled it would be impossible to stop the conference, which was to start

on the same day.

On Friday the Mavundla camp hit back and successfully applied for

an order from the South Gauteng High Court allowing them to repossess all the

documents that were taken by the Mthethwa faction last week Friday.

This after the Mthethwa faction had won a court order last week

­allowing them to enter Nafcoc House, Nafcoc’s headquarters, to take the


Friday’s court battle unfolded as Mavundla, president of the

African Co-Operative for Hawkers and Informal Businesses, and his executive

committee were being ­inducted by a pastor at Emperors Palace as the leadership

of the new­ ­faction.

The Mavundla camp also donated R1?million to the ANC Women’s League

(ANCWL), which was accepted by ANCWL treasurer-general Hlengiwe Mkhize.

Nafcoc Women’s Chamber president Kentse Makgai denied the Mavundla

camp was trying to buy political support with the donation.

She said the ANCWL had lent Nafcoc money in the past that the

chamber had not repaid.

“We do not want the debt to create bad blood between the two

organisations,” she said.

Nafcoc also bought 15 Toyota Hilux double cabs worth R5 million and

gave them to the presidents of provincial and sectoral structures and to the


Phosane Mngqibisa, the youth leader in the Mthethwa camp, said they

applied for the urgent court application late because they only had access to

the files after winning last week’s court order.

He still insisted the Mavundla leadership was illegitimate.

“They are just a group of disgruntled people ... and they are being

heavily funded by Nafhold,” said Mngqibisa.

“Their takeover can be compared to that of a military junta. The

only difference is that they are funded by Nafhold and they were voted in by

structures that are not in good standing.”

The Mthethwa camp is now regrouping.

“We will pursue all possible avenues to restore the dignity of

Nafcoc. We will communicate with all our structures before we take any

decision,” said Mngqibia.

The Nafcoc members who made it to Emperors Palace voiced

displeasure at the recent leadership tussles and said the organisation had

failed to give them their money’s worth over the past years.

Molefi Motswenyane, who runs an animal farm and butcheries in North

West and has been a member since 1978, said in the past Nafcoc used to be a

platform where he established a business network.

“Now the chamber appears to be existing to enrich the leadership at

the expense of the ordinary members,” said Motswenyane.

Thobeka Mapukata is a member from Western Cape who owns a catering


Mapukata said in her 27 years as a member she had depended on Nafcoc

conferences and annual general meetings to create business networks.

“But over the past five years the culture at Nafcoc has changed

drastically. For instance, over the past two years we never held a conference or

an annual general meeting,” she said.

“Although the organisation has not benefited me over the past years

I’ve remained a member because I’ve been with the chamber for many years and I

believe that one day things will be back to normal,” she said.

North West property developer Abdullah Wanyane said since he had

joined Nafcoc five years ago it had not benefited his business.

“But I have told myself I should not leave this organisation as it

has the potential to grow and ­improve,” said Wanyane.


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