ANC does U-turn on nominees

2011-03-24 00:00

THE ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) has rushed to put out fires in different wards in the Moses Mabhida (Pietermaritzburg) region.

This follows threats on Monday that some members are considering fielding independent candidates in the local government elections, saying they are unhappy with candidates being imposed by the regional committee.

PEC members Sipho Gcabashe and Mxolisi Kaunda were in Ward 35 — Sobantu, Lincoln Meade and Mountain Rise — conducting a rerun of the nomination process following the rejection of the incumbent candidate, Sandile Dlamini.

Sources in the ward told The Witness that after the nomination process, former councillor Thandi Matiwane of Sobantu received 766 votes against the 702 votes that Sandile Dlamini received.

Last night there was jubilation at a community meeting held at Ntshangeni School at KwaQanda area under ward six after an announcement that the PEC has decided to withdraw Agnes Mkhize as the ward candidate in favour of the community’s favourite, Falakhe Makhathini.

In ward 21 in the Caluza area under Msunduzi Municipality, community members had gathered at the local sports ground waiting for the provincial leadership to address them after they had also rejected the nominated candidate.

After last night’s meeting held by the ward one community — Mpumuza, Sweetwaters, the tribal court area, Gandaganda, Shayamoya, Payipini and Vezokuhle — a community member who asked not to be named said the meeting had decided to field an independent candidate as they claim the PEC is delaying resolving their grievances.

At the time of going to press last night, sources in other wards in the Moses Mabhida region were also reportedly holding meetings to prepare to register independent candidates.

Tomorrow is the deadline day for the registration of candidates with the Independent Electoral Commission.

ANC provincial spokesperson Makhosi Khoza was not available for comment at the time of going to print last night.

Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipho said the labour federation will never support any independent candidate “no matter how aggrieved individuals are” with the ANC nomination process.

“We are quite concerned about some political charlatans who are taking the organisation for granted,” said Luzipho.

“The ANC is a people’s movement, but a handful of individuals are taking this glorious movement hostage.

He added, “We re-affirm our commitment and dedication to an overwhelming electoral victory for the ANC on May 18.

“We appeal for decisive action against those who only see the ANC as a parachute to greener pastures for themselves.

“We condemn the actions of those who resort to violence and will appeal that such anarchists be discarded from the organisation …”

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