We are not a jobs agency, ANC says after losing Ses'khona support

2016-06-09 16:40
Andile Lili (Tammy Petersen., News24)

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Cape Town – The Western Cape ANC is not an employment agency, provincial executive committee spokesperson Jabu Mfusi said on Thursday.

This followed a decision by the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement in the province to withdraw its support for the party over "unfulfilled promises" to provide land and jobs.

Mfusi likened the group’s move to a child throwing their toys on the floor because they did not get their way.

"This period of choosing candidates to be councillors is always a challenging one, but we must emphasise a few issues. Ward candidates are chosen by ANC branches and communities, and no one can change that for whatever expedience," Mfusi told reporters.

No one was entitled to positions in the party and branches sent members where they thought they could be put to good use.

No ANC partner should "throw their toys" when they did not get their way. 

They would continue to speak to Ses’khona, which was led by ANC PEC member Andile Lili, and Loyiso Nkohla, he said.

Cuts all ties 

In a statement issued in Khayelitsha on Thursday, Ses’khona resolved to cut ties with the ANC and no longer promote it, or any other political organisation. 

Its members would still participate in ANC election work in their respective branches. However, no Ses’Khona member was allowed to use the organisation’s name to campaign for the ANC.

The organisation’s gripes with the ANC included what they said were unfulfilled promises of land, provision of water and sanitation, and jobs.

Mfusi said the organisation was not the ruling party in the Western Cape and therefore did not have land to give. He said no promises had been made to Ses’khona regarding jobs.

Ses’khona gave the ANC until Monday to respond. Mfusi however said they would not be held to ransom.

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