No one sacked ‘at this stage’ — ANC

2008-07-14 00:00

Cape Town — The ANC yesterday failed to confirm or deny rampant speculation that it is to dismiss the premiers of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, but said senior members of the ANC were due yesterday to be deployed to both provinces in a bid to enhance governance and strengthen structures.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said yesterday that nobody is being sacked “at this stage”.

Responding to weekend reports that the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to dismiss Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool and his Eastern Cape counterpart Nosimo Balindlela, reportedly because they are supporters of President Thabo Mbeki, Mantashe said no decision has been taken to dismiss anyone.

Mantashe said the NEC received reports on provinces that are under-performing and has decided it needs to take action to improve governance.

He confirmed that senior delegates of the organisation — including himself — will be sent to both provinces.

ANC spokeswoman Jessie Duarte confirmed that the NEC received a report relating to all the provinces and it was decided that there was a need to “engage urgently” with the leadership of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces.

Duarte said two members of the NEC had flown to the Western Cape early yesterday morning to meet with the leadership of the province. “They will bring back the results of their discussions.

We have agreed on a process of engagement with the relevant ANC structures and, after having done that, will decide on what steps are necessary …”

Yesterday, Rasool told journalists that if he is instructed to go by the ANC, he will obey his political masters and do so quietly. However, by yesterday he had not been informed that he was due to be sacked or asked to resign.

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