ANC members picket over corruption

PHOTO: suppliedANC members protested outside the ANC offices in Pietermaritzburg last Thursday.
PHOTO: suppliedANC members protested outside the ANC offices in Pietermaritzburg last Thursday.

WARD 21 councillor and regional executive committee (REC) member of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Moses Mabhida Region, Mntuza Mkhize, has accused the ANC leadership of putting their personal interest ahead of the regional conference and that of the organisation.

Speaking at the picket last Thursday outside the ANC offices in Berg Street, Mkhize elaborated on corruption that is allegedlyhappening in the region.

He said one of the reasons why they were picketing is because they want to see the ruling party back on track and without corruption.

“This is our campaign of fighting corruption in the region. One of the things that is of concern to us is the preparations for the regional conference. It seems to be going very slowly because the people involved want to protect their positions.

“We want the national executive committee of the ANC to disband this REC. When they [leadership] are preparing for the regional conference, there must be a task team to control how branch general meetings sit because our regional secretary calls an extended REC meeting without meeting with other members of the REC.

“That is not how we work in the ANC. We work together, that is why it is called ‘collective leadership’,” he said.

Msawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu, an ANC member who was also a part of the picket, said they are fighting against the way the ANC leadership at the Moses Mabhida region are handling ANC matters.

“They are removing people from their roles in the ANC and they don’t want others to join.

“They are buying memberships for the people they want in the branches of the ANC. They are also using police officers and bodyguards to stop ANC members from being part of the ANC meetings where they will raise their concerns and also elect the leadership.

“All these things are against the ANC constitution, that is why we started this campaign.

“We are determined to continue until we are addressed by the national leadership on the issues that we have because we do not trust the regional leadership to provide us with any solutions to our problems. We also do not trust the provincial leadership,” he said.

ANC regional secretary Mzi Zuma called the picket was “political thuggery”. He said the region had explained to the different ANC branches, the timelines and the procedure leading to both the provincial and regional conference.“Those who have complaints about the processes should lodge complaints within the provincial dispute structure which is centralised.“ANC members know how to address their complaints,” he said.

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