Ruling-party hostilities

2016-03-18 06:00
Angry community members, dance around the discarded food, chanting songs at the meeting. Photo: SIPHELELE NKETO

Angry community members, dance around the discarded food, chanting songs at the meeting. Photo: SIPHELELE NKETO

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DISGRUNTLED Ward 9 and Ward 10 community members, wearing ANC T-shirts, threw away food that was prepared for lunch at a meeting last Sunday.

The provincial working committee meeting of Harry Gwala branches was disrupted by the community chanting songs at the Shayamoya community hall.

The SAPS and municipality community safety police were called as the meeting became heated.

When the Fever journalist arrived chairs and tables in the hall had been moved and heavily armed police were preventing disgruntled members from entering the hall.

Provincial secretary Super Zuma and leaders who were supposed to preside at the meeting left the hall in their expensive cars, escorted by police.

The crowd then went to the kitchen and discarded the food that had been prepared for lunch. Some members even urinated on meat to display their frustration about candidates that were allegedly not elected by community members.

ANC members, who did not want to be identified, told Fever: "The provincial working committee came into this meeting with the names of people we should elect as our councillors.

“The other person nominated to be elected is not even a resident of this area. We, as the community of Ward 9 and Ward 10, want to elect people we trust and feel they will attend to our needs."

Another community member said the election process needs to be fair and the screening committee of the ruling party should not be biased.

"We are going to write to the provincial leadership and fight for our rights," said another angry community member.

Pastors at the meeting prayed for peace outside the hall. Chairperson of ministerial fraternity in Kokstad Pastor Mbuyiswa Nocanda said: "What we saw as the religious fraternity today is worrying. As pastors we are not respected by the ruling party. We came here to this meeting to address concerns because we are South African citizens. We are voters and want to have input on what affects communities."

"Government is using us to open and close at events. From now we are going to pray that the ruling party has its stability and delivers services to the people."

Provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said that the meeting was disrupted by people who wanted the attention of Zuma, but it was called off due to the hostilities.

"The party invited the relevant parties that are involved in Harry Gwala to see what was the problems are and provincial leadership will go to Kokstad from relevant parties to look beyond the problems,” said Ntuli.

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