Mpumalanga ANC fumes over anti-Mabuza faction’s tactics

2015-03-26 14:39

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The ANC in Mpumalanga has urged a disgruntled faction to raise its concerns in the branches.

Provincial ANC secretary, Lucky Ndinisa, said during a media conference that the party was surprised some of its members launched a campaign named “Operation Save Mpumalanga ANC” yesterday ahead of a provincial general council that is expected to resolve that Premier David Mabuza should be elected for a third term as provincial ANC chairperson.

“You can only save the ANC by taking part in branches. We are surprised. Branches were given powers at Mangaung to fix things and this group must go to the branches to raise issues without any fear,” Ndinisa said.

Disenchanted ANC members from the province’s four regions launched the campaign at the Protea Hotel in Mbombela yesterday.

They said that branches did not participate in the preparations for the upcoming provincial general council. Their other concerns were about the rigging of conferences, subversion of democratic processes, the stifling of debates and the manipulation of branches.

The Operation Save Mpumalanga group said all these irregularities started when Mabuza became chairperson.

Ndinisa conceded that there were challenges in the organisation, but denied the accusations.

“As a secretary I issued letters to branches that they should have branch general meetings before February 23 and some of those branches did not have branch meetings for whatever reason to qualify to send delegates to the provincial general council,” he said.

“There are challenges in the ANC. What we have noted with regret is our inability to imbue members with the correct politics of the organisation,” Ndinisa said.

Ndinisa said he was, however, unaware what resolutions the delegates were going to take as mandated by their branches.

“Branches have mandates and will come up with proposals. The ANC constitution does not have limits of terms. If members believe they want to give a leader a chance they can do so for three or four terms,” he said.

If the provincial general council takes the resolution for Mabuza’s third term, it will boost his ambitions for a top-six national executive committee position in 2017.

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