ANCWL member in spat at Vhembe branch meeting

2017-01-31 17:53
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Malamulele - ANC Women's League Vhembe regional secretary Thina Mbedzi was reportedly held against her will at a party meeting on Sunday.

Police were called to escort Mbedzi from the fracas at the Malamulele Boxing Gym to her home in Pietbooi, near Thohoyandou. She was attending a meeting of the Zinjhiva Nkondo branch.

Two main camps, each supporting a different candidate, have emerged ahead of the much-anticipated Vhembe regional conference, set to take place between February 23 and 26.

Mbedzi is also a Vhembe ANC regional executive committee member.

One delegate, who did not want to be named, said Mbedzi was biased towards a group of branch members singing struggle songs outside the venue.

“She was using her phone to give those disgruntled members information and told them that she will not allow the meeting to take place.”

The delegate said Mbedzi did not want the meeting to reach a quorum.

“A conference needed 275 members to reach quorum out of 456 branch members. Mbedzi told our members who were busy registering that they were not on the list and the meeting would not take place,” the delegate said.

Mbedzi supports Cyril Ramaphosa for the ANC presidential candidacy, to be decided at the party’s elective conference in December. Most branch members however support AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Two disgruntled members Madida Baloyi and Sydwell Mabasa were reportedly pushed and beaten while trying to disrupt the meeting.

ANC Vhembe regional spokesperson Joseph Chauke said they would look into what happened. They would not condone misconduct, he said.

Mbedzi would not comment, saying she was fearing victimisation.

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