Keeping an eye on Richmond

2014-03-31 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial executive leadership has vowed to act against those who are hell bent on creating anarchy in Richmond.

This follows an attack on an ANC Moses Mabhida region member Fana Lembede (38), who was chairing a Local Election Team (LET) meeting on Tuesday night last week. Members of the ANC were allegedly brought in by taxis and disrupted the meeting.

Branch members described this as a systematic approach that planned to create anarchy and render the functioning of the sub-region and Richmond Municipality ungovernable.

“This is because the ANC took a firm decision to act against any regularities on council and certain local leaders who think they are untouchable in Richmond,” said a branch member.

He said that these leaders are claiming they were untouchable because they would reveal who was behind the assassination of Sifiso Nkabinde if anything was done to remove them.

Reacting to this, ANC provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu said, “We do not have a situation like that in the movement where people can speak like that and nothing happens because there is intimidation or we have people that we fear [because] they will speak about anything whatso­ever.”

He said they would be investigating the Richmond matter appropriately.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said they were “keeping a close eye on Richmond”.

He said nothing will paralyse them from acting on decisions taken by the ANC to deal with the Richmond matter.

“We are going to stabilise the LET meetings in the area and we will also deal with matters of concern in Richmond effectively and objectively without fear or favour regardless of who the person is or what position the person holds,” said Zikalala.

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