Irregularities at BGM - claim

2017-11-08 06:00

A MEMBER of the Themba Ntombela branch in Ward 2, Sweetwaters - Mbongeni Skhakhane - claims there were irregularities at the branch general meeting on Sunday, October 29, which was convened to nominate a candidate for the party’s upcoming elective conference.

Skhakhane said some members were denied entry to the meeting even though they had proof that their membership was paid up and that some people were illegally part of the meeting.

“I requested that the credentials issue should be resolved, but this was denied. The branch secretary was the one manning the door denying entry to people who had the right to be part of the meeting,” Skhakhane said.

He said at the meeting an allegation against him indicated he was behind an attack that resulted in the secretary’s car being damaged last Wednesday. He said he was also threatened by a member at the meeting.

“I had to leave the meeting as the sun was setting because I feared for my life. The reason why they are accusing me of being behind the attack is that they want to drag down my name because I am with the camp that wants Cyril Ramaphosa to be nominated as a candidate for the elective conference in December,” Skhakhane said.

However, the branch chairperson, Tom Zuma said the meeting went well and that Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was the candidate nominated by the branch.

He said ahead of the meeting some members said the meeting should not have been convened because they had sent a dispute to the party’s national head office to voice their distrust of leadership structures from branch to provincial level.

“We had a discussion with these comrades and the meeting went ahead as planned,” Zuma said.

He said matters relating to the confirmation of membership and who had the right to attend the meeting should be referred to the branch secretary, Blessing Mtshali, who is also the area’s ward councillor.

Mtshali said people who were not allowed into the meeting had not appeared on the branch membership register.

“These individuals had asked that their membership be accepted at national level because they had said they do not trust me or the
provincial leadership, so their membership was not audited at branch level,” he said.

However, the secretary added that some of the individuals
who had done this were on the register, including Skhakhane, and so were part of the branch general meeting.

“Those who did not appear on the register and so were not allowed into the meeting tried to force their way into the hall, but we managed to get the situation under control,” Mtshali said.

The Moses Mabhida Regional spokesperson, Siphamandla
Khumalo said as of yesterday,
November 1, the regional office had not received any formal appeal, dispute or letter of complaint from members of the Ward 2 branch regarding irregularities of the branch general meeting.

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