Behave, or else, Gauteng ANC warns

2012-11-20 16:59

Johannesburg - Gauteng ANC members disrupting branch meetings and making threats of violence will be disciplined, the provincial party said on Tuesday.

"There are [a] few instances where meetings were disrupted and members who hold different views were intimidated and threatened with violence," African National Congress Gauteng secretary David Makhura told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Disciplinary action will be instituted [and]... we will continue to take the necessary measures to ensure that the remaining meetings take place in a climate free from intimidation and violence."

Makhura said the provincial ANC knew who the disruptive members were.

"I want to say that it is not hundreds and hundreds of ANC members. The number of meetings where we have had trouble is less than 10 out of 383 [branches that completed nominations]."

National ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said earlier on Tuesday that ANC members who acted criminally during meetings deserved to be arrested and jailed.

Mthembu was commenting on a report in The Star on Tuesday that a prominent ANC member allegedly threatened to shoot his fellow Gauteng branch members following a disagreement over the nomination process.

"We do not condone such actions. If a member does that, then they belong behind bars," he said.

The Star reported that the incident took place at the Adelaide Tambo branch, Olivienhoutbosch, Pretoria.

The disagreement between members erupted over claims that the audited membership for the branch had been tampered with.

There was reportedly conflict between members supporting a second term for President Jacob Zuma, and those who wanted deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to replace him.

Makhura said the provincial executive committee [PEC] had decided to take a "bold step" to ban T-shirts that campaign for candidates.

However, the party needed to focus on issues like lobbying and its electoral processes in future so that it could "modernise" and not become an "organisation of the past".

"It [the ANC] will get there one day. You will witness it in your lifetime," Makhura said.

"The reformers don't get tired. They [will] keep pushing for reforms until this movement... [that is] 100-years-old is fully modernised."

He said the PEC would meet on Saturday to finalise preparations for the provincial nominations conference and it's provincial general council (PGC).

"The conference will take place during the course of next week. It is only at that time Gauteng's position [on the ANC leadership] will be finalised," Makhura said.

"We have given branches that are remaining more chance [to nominate] so that branches don't feel like they have been prejudiced."

The council would be held on 9 December, and would focus on finalising the province's position on policy issues.

"We know that attention... has just been on the leadership, but the national conference of the ANC is not just about the leadership issue," Makhura said.

"We haven't dropped the ball [with regards to policies]. After the PGC we are going to go to the national conference with a set of policy positions that we are going to rally different provinces around."

  • Willie - 2012-11-20 17:06

    This is not democracy is THIEFOCRACY

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-20 17:21

      Or Ineptocracy. Or Afrodictohyponepocracy.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-20 17:53

      I watched a bit of international news and there is chaos globally... looks like our future, it will definitely not get better, too many mouths on this planet... the global population will have to be reduced by at least 3billion for things to get better.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-11-20 18:32

      "behave" - how about lead by EXAMPLE! Make an EXAMPLE of such people that misbehave at your conferences??? Stop talking cr@p and rather put in action what you preach! anc you are all talk, but no b@lls...

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-20 17:15

    How can you punish people when they are only acting according to the way you taught them and instructed them. The ANC way - violence.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-11-20 17:17

    New word, disciplined... Haha

  • pienaar.jordaan - 2012-11-20 17:18

    Will they also be arrested if they disrupt other party's meetings or is this just a way to silence internal dissidents.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-11-20 17:19

    Take cover all and sundry. Another round of chair-throwing is in the offing.

  • warren.rodel - 2012-11-20 17:21

    Behave or what? or WHAT? Huh? See what happens when you hire unqualified people!

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-20 17:35

    Behave or what? Sent to the corner 100 lines- i must steal more? kicked out the party to cope? What a stupid remark from anc to so called adult members.

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-20 17:46

    Makhura,you make us laugh.The ANC has no power over the criminals.The criminals are in power here and not the thiefs

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-11-20 18:14

    are you doing the same as Mugabe regemne

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-20 18:28

    It is time for the ruling party irrespective of where they are to have rules that are harsh to deal with all their members who do not want to obey rules of the party and those who use violence within the party and lastly those in government who are corrupt, they should be expelled while still early because if not then the ruling party will end no where, where it will end up losing members and at the end can even as time goes lose elections and be out of government. So it is high time for the ruling party to discipline their members at early stages before it is too late.

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-11-20 21:57

    ..then start with Zuma first.. he's threatening them with ancestor BS!

  • wesley.fick - 2012-11-20 23:51

    Please, someone change the formatting of this article. Being a copy-pasta writer does not automatically make you a good one.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-21 05:21

    ANC must die now... Seriously!!! You cant warn and threaten people!!! And if people were respected and given equal opportunity like the ANC claims to stand for them people would be happy and they would behave. But the ANC is NOT ABOUT EQUALITY ITS ABOUT THE ANC AND ITS "SPECIAL MEMBERS" THEY THE ONLY ONES WINNING FROM THIS SITUATION. CYRIL, ZUMA, WHINNY, TOKOYO, MALEMA!!!

  • John - 2012-11-21 06:19

    BEHAVE!!!! or else you'll get a promotion & a goodly pay increase

  • danny.pole.1 - 2012-11-21 17:02

    David Makhura your PEC has started this fights. You are the one dividing the ANC in Gauteng,,, dont act clean.

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