No disciplinary action yet against Mpumalanga ANC chair convicted of assault

2013-09-11 13:04

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It is still unclear if the ANC in Mpumalanga will take disciplinary action against its regional chairperson who was convicted of assault last week.

Ehlanzeni regional chairperson Ngrayi Ngwenya was found guilty last week by the Malalane Magistrates’ Court of assaulting Collen Sedibe, who is now the provincial head of organising and campaigns in the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

He was fined R1 000 by the court.

Ehlanzeni secretary Pat Ngomana said he had not yet received a report about Ngwenya’s conviction from the provincial executive committee (PEC).

“If there’s a report, I’ll get it from my seniors (the PEC). However, let me stress to you that I don’t speak on behalf of the ANC,” said Ngomana.

Provincial ANC secretary Lucky Ndinisa, however, said that the Ehlanzeni regional executive committee (REC) would have to deal with any disciplinary issues within their jurisdiction as a structure.

“The ANC constitution directs us that disciplinary action will take place where wrongdoing occurred. The REC should apply its mind on this matter,” Ndinisa said.

He added that the party’s Mangaung resolutions also gave guidelines on what should be done in these cases.

The relevant resolution reads: “The ANC members who are found guilty of wrongdoing in other institutions of society should also be subjected to internal disciplinary processes in line with the ANC code of conduct. This will send an unambiguous message in society that the ANC does not tolerate any wrongdoing, including corruption, among its members.”

Ngwenya was found guilty with Nkomazi (Malalane) Local Municipality Mayor Thulisile Khoza’s bodyguard Bheki Mhlongo.

Sedibe was still an ANC member when the incident occurred during a regional meeting in Malalane on April 18.

The two men punched and kicked Sedibe after he called Ngwenya to order when an organisational report was being discussed.

The ANC thereafter charged Sedibe for disrupting the organisation’s meetings, including this one, and he was fired.

He then joined the EFF.

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