Why we set Western Cape secretary's suspension aside - ANC

2016-01-26 17:31
Few commentators predicted that Faiez Jacobs would be elected the new ANC Western Cape secretary. PHOTO: Denvor de Wee

Few commentators predicted that Faiez Jacobs would be elected the new ANC Western Cape secretary. PHOTO: Denvor de Wee

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Cape Town - The ANC's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals set aside the suspension of Western Cape provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs as there was no provision in the party's rules for involuntary or precautionary forced leave, it said in a statement.

Chairperson Jeff Radebe said a suspension could only follow after the relevant structure had complied with the provisions of Rule 25.57 and it was satisfied that the conditions for temporary suspension existed before a decision was taken to suspend that member.

Jacobs was placed on precautionary suspension in December after he was accused of assaulting a staff member.

He went back to work on Tuesday after the suspension was set aside on Monday.

Radebe said there was no evidence that the rule, which called for the other side to be heard as well, had been fully adhered to.

"There is no evidence before the NDCA that the Provincial Executive Committee put the accusation to Faiez Jacobs and gave him an opportunity to respond as provided for in the ANC Constitution," he said.

The committee said rule 25.57 was complied with partially, but not substantively.

"Fairness and equity are cornerstones of the ANC Constitution to the extent that the NDCA may at any stage, and of its own accord, set aside a temporary suspension," the party said.

Radebe said the suspension was set aside on condition that Jacobs did not interfere with accuser Wesley Seale.

Jacobs was placed on precautionary suspension in December after being accused of beating up researcher Seale for failing to write a report on the organisation.

The suspension followed a post on Facebook by Anda Qhama Bici, which carried a picture of Seale bleeding.

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