ANC dismissive of Skwatsha's complaint

2011-02-14 16:02

Cape Town - The ANC's top brass in the Western Cape pledged on Monday to repair divisions that cost the party the province and said any challenge by ousted chairperson Mcebisi Skwatsha was unlikely to derail the process.

"We are very confident of the procedures we followed," said Trevor Manuel, the convenor of ruling party national executive committee (NEC) in the province.

He said that at this point the notion of an appeal on Skwatsha's part was but a rumour, and "I've learnt not to follow rumours".

New provincial chairperson Marius Fransman said the party "must move with speed to re-affirm the non-racial character, undertake a process of renewal of values, provide leadership and become servants to the people and affirm our traditions of unity and collective leadership.

"We have collectively resolved to do all that is necessary to rectify errors of our recent past by rebuilding the trust and confidence of our people in the ANC".

Fransman, who is also deputy minister of international relations, declined to say whether he would run for mayor of Cape Town in the local government elections in early May.

Manuel said that nominating a mayoral candidate was a complex, elective process and said a choice could not be imposed on local structures.

Fransman was elected unopposed as new provincial chairperson at the weekend, after Skwatsha withdrew when the floor voted to allow ANC Youth League delegates to vote at the conference.

The former chairperson claims this was improper procedure as the youth league's leadership structures had been disbanded in the Western Cape.

Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin defended the decision, saying the ruling party had made it only after consulting the constitution of the ANC's NEC.

He conceded that the constitution was not clear on the matter, but said the interpretation was that they should be allowed to vote.

"It was a complicated conference. We are not in denial about that," he said.

"If people want to pursue appeals, they must do so in a disciplined way."

  • geyser.cape - 2011-02-14 16:17

    Good riddance to Skwatsha and I hope along with him Max Ozinski the puppet master of Skwatsha also gets fired. Frankly Skwatsha is too stupid to be a leader the real string puller was Ozinsky who was trying to create a conflict between black and coloured communities in the Western Cape. I have a feeling that Ozinsky is a plant in the ANC by DA.

      alexander.lombard - 2011-02-14 16:29

      yes yes And the DA was placed in South-Africa by the imperials and they were apointed by alians from another planet. Easy on the conspiricy theory

      geyser.cape - 2011-02-14 16:37

      to: Alexander.lombard Yes there are conspiracies all the time. DA (DP) was funded and supported by Anglo American. I am speaking from first hand inside information unlike you simpleton.

      ChrisG - 2011-02-14 16:40

      Geyser was this first hand information given to you when you were beamed up to the mothership?

      phillie - 2011-02-14 22:34

      Please! Please ! tell me what was your position in the CIA when you got this first hand info I think you are either a bragger or simpleton!

      KlipinnieBos - 2011-02-15 10:20

      If you call Zille racist, what do you call yourself?

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-14 16:26

    And when the circus comes to town, we all laugh at the clown.....

  • spindoctor - 2011-02-14 16:32

    Our Comrade who art in heaven, Zuma be thy name. Thy revolution come, Thy will be done, In Cape Town as it is in Nkandla. Give us this day our monthly grant. And forgive us our liberal tendencies, As we forgive those who get tenders ahead of us. And lead us not into capitalism, But deliver us from Zille, For thine is the country, And the power, and the women, For ever and ever. Amandla!

  • Kiff - 2011-02-14 16:37

    It wasn't the division in the ANC that caused them to loose the Western Cape, it was their poor service delivery and broken promises. I have always maintained that the ANC is not serious about educating the masses, it will open their eyes! Ironic that the province with the best education level (WC) is the only Province they lost?

      geyser.cape - 2011-02-14 16:47

      Except for the illusion created by the media savvy Helen Zille (She was a journalist and knows how to play the media), the DA has done nothing for the vast majority of the Western Cape people since they have taken over the province and the metro. And as long as whites maintain their racist attitudes they will only see the black government in negative light. This feeling of superiority and arrogance on the part of the whites is what is causing increased polarity in our country 17 years after our real democracy. Had we not had true democracy DA would have been history by now and the whites would not be seen shopping in malls in droves.

      Lestor - 2011-02-14 16:55

      @gayser.cape certainly not the best way to make people here want to vote ANC, yes accuse all white people of racism, that will surely help things. It is that kind of talk that makes sure white people will never vote ANC.

      phillie - 2011-02-14 22:38

      @ geysercape I was waiting for somebody to pull out the race card I sometimes wonder if the racists are not white and remember It is not just a feeling of superiority it is a fact and I got that info first hand

  • neville.mayes - 2011-02-14 16:40

    New provincial chairperson Marius Fransman said the party "must move with speed to re-affirm the non-racial character ...... WHAT BULL

  • Amelam - 2011-02-14 16:49

    The DA could not have asked for a better outcome of the ANC provincial party election. Fransmans must be the weakerst of the WC provincial chairmen which the ANC have had to date. A Coloured person to woo the Coloured voters! How racist and shallow can you get!!!

      phillie - 2011-02-14 22:39

      That is hitting the nail on the head Thank you!

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-14 16:55

    Once a jungle always a bunny!!

  • YES - 2011-02-14 16:56

    Anc doesn't cease to amase. It's their problem, let them see how they get out of it. However, all that I can tell is thaat it is a question of Khaletsha v Mitchell's Plein. Mark you, this happens some 34 year that Biko and his contemporates defined the word "black" for us.

  • spindoctor - 2011-02-14 16:57

    Skwatsha and Ozinsky and their old master Nomaindia have left a trail of non delivery and corruption (Big Bay) in Cape Town. They do not know the first thing about running a orderly non corrupt Province. Fransman follows closely he will be shunned by the coloured people as a turncoat.

  • Allin - 2011-02-14 17:00

    Fransman managed to destroy the best provincial Transport and Public Works deprtment in the country. Admittedly he had the able support of a Head of Department and a few other senior managers.

  • Francois - 2011-02-17 15:07

    Skwatsha, go back to the Eastern Cape - they need you there. May the Third Wors be with you!

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