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Jail criminal party members - ANC

2012-11-20 12:45

Johannesburg - ANC members that act criminally during meetings deserve to be arrested and jailed, the party said on Tuesday.

"We have got a team of about 18 NEC [national executive committee] members all over the place who are dealing with ill-discipline in the nominations process," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

"If they need to initiate disciplinary measures, they will do so through the relevant structures. If they need to call the police, they will do so as well."

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.

The branch was holding its nomination conference prior to the provincial conference, and ahead of the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Mthembu said he was not aware of the incident.

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

On Monday ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the NEC team was "actively dealing with complaints with the mandate to resolve them".

"All of this is intended to minimise queries in the conference [in Mangaung] to the barest minimum."

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.

The branch's nominations process was postponed, and its leadership lodged a formal complaint at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday.

The City Press reported on Sunday that the ANC had proposed an amendment to its constitution to allow it to immediately expel members convicted of fraud, theft, or corruption.

Comments
  • godesha - 2012-11-20 12:50

    Oh for goodness sake. They can't even keep their own house in order without violence.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-20 13:07

      Everyone wants to be president, JZ and Juju proved, education is not a requirement to be a president.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-20 13:16

      I wonder what happened to sorting out African problems the African way?

      citizen.kane.35 - 2012-11-20 13:20

      Jail criminal elements you say, that would leave the ANC with no comrades, good idea though!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-20 13:44

      @Andre.Rabie.14...need I say more. LOL the 18 NEC members are all Zuma supporters, so only branches that are against him will be reported, the African way.

  • Paddy - 2012-11-20 12:53

    Why only during meetings? What about the 24/7 corruption going on before and after meetings? Anddon't suggest that they "deserve" to be arrested. Just do it.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-11-20 12:58

    Ha, Ha, this I've got to see. It's a case don't do as I do, do as I say. Talk about double standards.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-20 13:16

      Another "face saving" statement. Same statements made during Local Election nomination list.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-20 13:03

    Well,there wont be many anc members on the ouside if they stick to their word,then will there? Jails will be bursting at the seams!

  • peter.woods.142 - 2012-11-20 13:03

    "expel members convicted of fraud,theft or corruption"...then we will be without a government! Put your money where your mouth is...do it..do it now,jail them! Zuma first!

  • david.lebethe - 2012-11-20 13:04

    Another hogwash from the Anc. We still to hear about the party's reaction to killings of people opposed to Zuma's second term in KZN and Mpumalanga, let alone well documented intimidations in the Gauteng, Free North West, Northern cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo. In fact, it had to take Free State to ask for compliance in the Constitutional Court in order to get the NEC to yield.

  • omrisho.za - 2012-11-20 13:10

    talk talk talk, just do it already

  • lyndol.lyons - 2012-11-20 13:12

    Awesome, 90% of the ANC will be incarcerated. Cool idea

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-20 13:14

    Only at meetings ?

  • Pete7930 - 2012-11-20 13:17

    But then the whole ANC would be behind bars ?????

  • TdJ01 - 2012-11-20 13:24

    How do you know when a politician is lying through his teeth - his lips are moving!! The political two step in preparation for Mangaung.

  • KennySven - 2012-11-20 13:34

    If all the cANCer thieves were convicted on theft/corruption charges,where you put them?Another new jail would needed.

  • tony.becker.961 - 2012-11-20 13:40

    They are so stupid that they don't even realize that they should be embarrassed by making statements like this. But then again, violence and destruction is a way of life in Africa - What laughing stocks we are!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-20 13:48

    I agree, throw them in jail. That will lave just about no one in government, then the DA can step in and show all people how a country is supposed to be run.

  • CharlM.za - 2012-11-20 13:49

    If they Jail criminal party members, more that half of the government will be behind bars in no time at all. So please do Jail criminal party members !!

  • nelia.liebenberg.1 - 2012-11-20 14:00

    If criminal members of the ANC are jailed, the majority party will be inside for a looong time.

  • matsutle.aphane - 2012-11-20 14:00

    ANC have good policies in place the problem is implimentatoin,

      sarecen.smith - 2012-11-20 14:30

      LIKE THE SECRECY BILL?

  • steve.blignaut - 2012-11-20 14:02

    and those that behave like criminals outside of the meetings get promoted. pathetic anc, pathetic pathetic pathetic

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-20 14:07

    Which witch hunt? ANC truly in "desperado mode" now!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-11-20 14:10

    How about doing it for any ANC member that is convicted of criminal wrongdoing... at any point?

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-20 14:11

    Too late.Their bank accounts are stuffed and now you come with this?You have lost voters and going to lose more with Zuma the dumb president.

  • alan.jerrold - 2012-11-20 14:13

    Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. "Jail all Zuma opponents". South Africa, we need to move on past these chumps, and put a decent govt of able, honest people (of all races) in power. It is time for change.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-20 14:24

    Jail criminal party members?. Who will be left to switch off the lights?.

  • Spiral - 2012-11-20 14:25

    The headline is wrong... should read: Jail ANC party members, criminals. :-)

  • funiabsalomndala.funi - 2012-11-20 14:35

    What about Zoom Zoom and Selebi mr Mthembu!

  • Hyrene Esterhuizen - 2012-11-20 14:44

    is this just a mangaung publicity stunt if this was a reality would the ANC survive.?

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-20 15:01

    All of you must go to jail then

  • claudette.blankenberg - 2012-11-20 15:09

    What a disappointment. I read "Jail criminal party members - ANC" and thought that all ANC members of parliment will have to go to jail, but apparently, it's only during branch meetings...damn!!

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-11-20 15:30

    Ha Ha. Great idea. If you do it correctly you will find that the ANC goes from being the largest party to the smallest party.

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