Gauteng ANC wields its axe

2011-10-06 07:06

The ANC is Gauteng is cracking down on ill-disciplined members.

The ruling party’s provincial leadership has suspending six ANC leaders from the Tshwane region who organised a parallel regional conference on Saturday.

“We will not allow them to render the ANC ungovernable. They use violence. We won’t allow them to destroy the ANC,” provincial secretary David Makhura said today.

The suspended individuals are Oupa Phetla, Mafika Mahlangu, Joel Mphahla, Tshepo Rantho, Santos Matshika and Tebogo Manaanyane.

They are suspended pending the outcome of their respective disciplinary hearings. Makhura claimed some of the charged individuals were involved in heists and carried guns around.

The ANC in Gauteng has been rocked by infighting. The battle for Mangaung is reportedly causing the problems in the province.

But Makhura downplayed this, saying: “We reiterate that no structure of the ANC at branch, regional and provincial level has started a discussion on the names of leaders who should be considered for election at the forthcoming 2012 Mangaung national conference.”

He said it was clear that there were some rich people who were behind sowing divisions in the ANC. As a result, the provincial leadership has also initiated a probe into who funded the suspended members.

“The political entrepreneurs thrive on chaos, anarchy and factionalism but they are frustrated by the PEC’s (provincial executive committee’s) ability to keep the ANC together in Gauteng,” he said.

Makhura said the ANC had the duty to root out the trend of disgruntled members forming parallel structures.
“If we don’t stop it now, it may happen at national level. We are not going to be blackmailed by anarchists,” he said.

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