ANC disbands its Western Cape leadership, days after ANCYL's cull

2019-08-02 13:05
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The ANC's national executive committee (NEC) has disbanded the party's Western Cape leadership, days after it announced the disbandment of the ANC Youth league.

The Western Cape ANC has endured a rocky two years, with the party's top brass having to be called in on two occasions to resolve public infighting that played out ahead of the party's 2017 Nasrec conference.

READ | ANCYL rejects 'unwise' task team after disbandment, threatens to take action

The ANC's NEC meeting held this past weekend in Tshwane resolved to disband the provincial executive committee, whose mandate had expired in any case, but was still operating due to the province's failure to hold a provincial conference.

"The NEC expressed concern on the functioning of the Provincial Executive Committee in the Western Cape, whose growing internal disintegration played itself out in the public, making it difficult for the PEC to discharge its duties," ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said on Friday.

"The ANC will send its Western Cape NEC deployees to the province to engage with our structures as part of organisational building and renewal."

Youth League

The announcement comes days after the party said the ANC Youth League leadership was also disbanded.

The faction of the ANC Youth League that successfully campaigned for the league's disbandment though, rejected the party's choice to bring in a "national task team", as it preferred a restructuring of the youth league.

A provincial interim committee meanwhile will be established in the Western Cape accordance with the ANC constitution, Mabe said.

"The immediate task of the Provincial Interim Committee is to implement the process of renewal and rebuilding in the province and to prepare the province towards an elective provincial conference.

"The ANC efforts to reclaim the Western Cape remain firmly on course," Mabe added.

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Dennis Cruywagen said the province remains committed to organizational renewal and unity. 

"We thank the outgoing leadership and call on all ANC Western Cape members to work towards consensus-seeking leadership with [a] renewed mandate of serving the people and solving their problems," he said.

The SA Communist Party in the province has welcomed the disbandment, calling it a "necessary intervention to rescue the movement from a state of paralysis".

In a statement released on Friday evening, the party's provincial secretary Benson Ngqentsu said the ANC leadership in the Western Cape had been at war with itself "for too long" and that the fighting had led to its degeneration and a loss of confidence from members of the public.

"We are vindicated by the NEC decision which is a response to numerous principled calls which the SACP raised. However, this is not the end in itself. In this respect we reiterate our call for the ANC NEC to institute an investigation into the (mis)use of elections funds and immediate suspension of membership of all those implicated pending the outcome."

Ngqentsu said the party was aware that the disbandment may be used by some to advance their "factional battles" within the ANC.

"We will remain resolute and vigilant in exposing these elements and further appeal to the secretary general's office to avoid any factional maneuver which will condemn our structures to endless divisions, palace politics and infighting."

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