Infighting among ANC factions in Richmond soars

2014-06-27 00:00

INFIGHTING between ANC factions took a twist in Richmond yesterday when one faction marched against the ANC Moses Mabhida Regional leadership.

The factions support former regional secretary Supa Zuma and current chairperson Alpha Shelembe.

Members marched demanding that ANC provincial structures intervene to stop public meetings in wards 2 and 6 to be held on Sunday. They view these meetings as instruments to get rid of Ward 2 councillor and Speaker Thulani Shabalala, and Ward 6 councillor Musawakhe Jili.

They accused Shelembe of orchestrating the meetings because he had apparently supported a rival group.

He was accused of being a dictator and of trying to remove Mayor Andrew Ragavaloo because he wanted to get his own people to run the council.

“At every meeting Alpha emphasises that the mayor will be removed. He encourages comrades to ­oppose the mayor and councillors,” read a ­memorandum.

The march was attended by about 500 people who called for the Richmond council leadership to be left alone because they were not corrupt and were doing a good job with service delivery.

Shelembe said they rejected “this foreign tendency” of “so-called” ANC members marching against ANC processes.

“We are going ahead with holding these meetings on Sunday because we have been mandated by the ANC’s higher structures. All structures of the ANC are aware of this because they were informed long ago,” he said.

Shelembe said those with facts about the serious allegations levelled against him were welcome to send them to ANC structures and to the police, as opposed to the behaviour displayed yesterday.

“Because all structures of the ANC were consulted about the Sunday meetings, we are calling for the people of Ward 2 and Ward 6 to come in their numbers to speak out,” he said.

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