Mthethwa accused of rigging

2012-12-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Unhappy ANC members in the North West yesterday accused the minister of police of strong arming their nomination conference to favour President Jacob Zuma.

A group of some 130 unhappy ANC members yesterday addressed media outside Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, saying that Nathi Mthethwa, ensured a surprising win for Zuma on Sunday.

This after the ANC in the North ANC was so divided last Friday that the province could not hold a nomination conference. On Sunday, the province suddenly elected Zuma with 162 votes against 14 for deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe. The delegation at Luthuli House claim Mthethwa had only allowed those wearing Zuma-supporting T-shirts into the voting hall.

He is also alleged to have ordered police to shoot Motlanthe supporters. The ANC yesterday denied these allegations as “the worst form of manipulation of facts and misleading of the public”.

Word from Luthuli House is that the ANC is seething and that it is untrue that Mthethwa interfered with the voting process.

The unhappy North West members are nevetheless considering applying for an interdict against the result because they say the interference was so serious.

North West’s ANC provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge said he was locked up in a room to prevent him from canvassing for Motlanthe.

Mataboge, who survived an assisation attempt on Saturday in Mafikeng, was outspoken that the national executive committee of the ANC is doing everything in its power to ensure that Zuma wins at Mangaung. The ANC said Mataboge signed off the registration documents of the delegates as being in order; and that this makes his criticisms nonsensical.

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