ANC ‘squabble’ in Gamalakhe

2017-11-23 06:00

THE ANC branch in Gamalakhe wrote a letter to the party’s provincial and national leadership outlining how its branch general meeting (BGM) held last week was allegedly manipulated to favour presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the upcoming ANC electoral conference in December.

Branch members wrote the letter on Monday asking KZN ANC secretary Super Zuma and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to nullify the BGM that sat last Sunday at Olwandle High.

The members accused the provincial deployee Thami Ngubane of having been party to irregularities.

A source in the ANC alleged Ngubane flouted ANC BGM guidelines to ensure nominated delegates will nominate Dlamini-Zuma over deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

When contacted, Ngubane declined to comment and refereed the Fever to the party’s provincial structure.

ANC Youth League member Mbhekeni Dayi claimed that fake signatures of Mzwandile Mkhwanazi were also found on various attendant registers, however, he was not there. Former KZN Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni’s name was also allegedly removed from voters’ roll.

“Our BGM did not meet the quorum and on top of that there were people who were not members. On entering the venue people’s membership was not verified. There was no verification of members, no IDs were shown and signatures were forged,” said Dayi.

He said on Monday he was told by an ANC member that Pat Njakazi was asking them to come and sign the register. He claims Njakazi was then followed and found at a Marburg car workshop.

“I have the database pack that was taken from him that day. It is ANC property, I did not steal it. I only took it from the wrong hands,” he said.

A number of regions have appealed the BGM’s outcome as it is believed the database is being tampered with.

When Njakazi was contacted about the matter he said the matter should be addressed with the provincial structures.

Zuma said the ANC has received numerous appeals from branches.

“We will look into all the issues raised and discuss them internally,” said Zuma.

At the national executive committee meeting in Irene near Pretoria Mantashe said yesterday [Tuesday] was the last day for provinces to submit the names of delegates of next month’s electoral conference.

KZN was among the three provinces that had not yet submitted the names and they have been given until Saturday to submit.

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