Secretary suspended

2017-11-15 06:01
The secretary of the ANC in the John Taolo Gaetsewe Region, Kagiso Peace Leserwane, has been suspended by the regional executive committee (REC) until further notice.Photo: Supplied

The secretary of the ANC in the John Taolo Gaetsewe Region, Kagiso Peace Leserwane, has been suspended by the regional executive committee (REC) until further notice.Photo: Supplied

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The ANC Regional Executive Committee (REC) in the John Taolo Gaetsewe Region has taken the decision to put the regional secretary, Kagiso Peace Leserwane, on temporary suspension until further notice.

The decision for the suspension, which is reported to be in accordance with rule 25.67 of the ANC’s constitution, was taken during a special REC meeting about the state of the organisation on Monday (13/11).

Lengthy deliberations were also reported to have taken place regarding the preparations for the ANC National Conference in December.

Leserwane is at risk of being axed from the party following his reportedly unethical behaviour within the party, before and after the Colesburg Provincial Congress earlier this year.

According to the chairperson of the John Taolo Gaetsewe Region, Sewe­ditswe Gaobusiwe, Leserwane has to act within the specified 14 days from the time he was called by the provincial executive committee (PEC) to answer to the allegations.

Gaobusiwe said that the allegations were already known and had been reported to the province and the national executive council (NEC) before the provincial congress, but priority had been placed on the congress to pass this.

“But then he still continued with these stand-alone actions after the conference, which led us to call in the provincial secretary, Deshy Ngxanga, to take action, because we wanted things to happen according to the right processes,” said Gaobusiwe.

Leserwane is being accused of running a one-man show and failing to allow the entire REC to participate in the preparations and adoption of processes as per ANC policy.

He is accused of using highly destructive, factional and undesirable actions, to the detriment of the unity and stability of the ANC in the region.

He allegedly plotted to paralyse legitimate REC structures and undermine the effectiveness of the REC to discharge its duties through failure to coordinate or convene ordinary REC meetings for over a period of six months.

His acts of misconduct in accordance with rule 25.17.16 of the ANC’s constitution also include failure to convene constitutional structures, to discuss the branch committee meetings (BGM) programme, and to monitor and review branch general meetings’ progress and their challenges, including to draft and present to the REC the road map and guidelines for the regional conference.

The regional secretary is also accused of uni­laterally deciding on the conference population, sending out invitations to the leagues without consulting the REC in terms of rule 21.4.3 and rule 21.4.4, for them to decide on the conference invitees, both voting and non-voting.

No audited membership and verification report was presented to the REC, being a plot by him of deployment of REC members to BGMs and dispatching BGM packs in a factional pattern, resulting in frustrating those branches that do not pronounce his name through administration.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the province has also accused Leserwane of corruption and unconstitutional actions: He is reported to have channelled around R400 000 through his non-operational company.

During a media briefing the EFF accused him of channelling money used for bribery during the ANC provincial conference in Colesberg.

According to an EFF member of the provincial legislature (MPL), Shadrack Tlhaole, it remained puzzling that the premier did not provide any proof of a case number after promising to open a case against the officials and her comrades.

Gaobusiwe clarified that their action had not been triggered by the EFF, but had been coming a long way, following investigations into the commitment to adhering to the right ANC processes.

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