Another PMB ANC branch angry over membership

2010-12-13 00:00

TIRED of complaining about issues of service delivery, the community of Sobantu Village called an urgent meeting to stop the African National Congress branch leaders from holding a branch general meeting (BGM).

The meeting was held last week on Thursday at Graham Sbusiso Radebe Youth Centre because community members felt that the AGM held in May was unconstitutional, and so they did not recognise those who were elected to represent the people of Sobantu.

The hall was filled to capacity as community members unanimously voted to postpone the BGM that was supposed to take place.

ANC members in the area also complained that their names do not appear in the database of the party despite the fact that they are card-carrying members.

“We mobilised the people of Sobantu because we wanted clarity on matters relating to political and service delivery challenges because people were losing faith in the ANC,” said Oscar Dlomo, who was chairing the meeting.

He said they did not want a repeat of what happened in other branches of the Moses Mabhida Region, where ANC members did not appear in the database, therefore barring them from electing candidates of their choice for the next local government elections.

“We wanted to end the division that has existed within the ANC in Sobantu by promoting [the wish of] the community to have the last say in choosing their candidates.

“Reinforcing a participatory democratic process is the only way to obtain speedy service delivery,” said Dlomo.

He said people are losing faith in the organisation because of individuals within it who have tarnished the dignity of the party.

“We still want to be an ANC stronghold so that we have a sizeable number of people as we march towards the centenary celebrations of the movement,” said Dlomo.

He said as soon as they address these issues with the Provincial Executive Committee they will call another urgent meeting to update the people of Sobantu on the situation in the party.


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