Woodlands youth want ANC chair removed

2011-07-05 00:00

A LARGE crowd of young people marched in Happy Valley, Woodlands, on Sunday night calling for the chairperson of the ANC branch executive committee (BEC) to relinquish his duties.

They allege Musa Zondi is colluding with the Moses Mabhida regional executive committee (REC), which they want removed after the region imposed a ward candidate they did not support.

Police had to intervene as the protesters threatened to enter Zondi’s house.

Protester Nokuthula Gumede said they are tired of Zondi, whom she accused of leading a campaign to divide the ANC in the ward.

“We want Zondi to step down because we no longer need his services and also they don’t respect us as the community that has chosen them for their positions.”

The protesters also called for the removal of their new ward councillor, Mary-Lee Schalkwyk. “If these people do not step down then we are going to make ward 32 ungovernable,” she warned.

She called for President Jacob Zuma to intervene, saying the community does not trust the provincial executive committee.

BEC deputy secretary Roberta Fortein echoed the call for Zondi’s removal, saying that he excludes certain members of the BEC when calling ANC meetings in the area.

“We don’t want to be led by people who are monopolising the ANC constitution to further their political interests, not those of the organisation,” said Fortein.

Zondi dismissed the allegations and denied colluding with the REC to divide the ANC in the ward.

“I have not held any meeting without informing the entire BEC,” he said. “I am the one who is being victimised by people who broke the windows of my house on Sunday night.”

Zondi said that if anyone wants to have a meeting with him, his doors are open.

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