“The ANC is an organisation for all, which is why we understand that when people are angry they tend to make decisions, or do things out of anger, which is why those who come back to the organisation and apologise will be taken through specific processes of rehabilitating them and trying to bring them back into the organisation and understand the organisation better,” said Makhathini.
He says independents that abandon their campaigns and return to the organisation’s fold ahead of elections will face a disciplinary hearing, depending on the merits of individual cases.
“We are appealing to all members of the ANC to isolate, name and shame those who are still with us in the organisation, but are doing things which are not allowed in the organisation. We also want to reiterate the call made by the president that the burning of property is not a solution. We must find space to sit down and talk whenever there are issues that concern our communities,” he said.
Chairperson Ricardo Mthembu says regional leadership is of the view that recent protests stemming from candidate lists are being prompted by individuals seeking to de-stabilise the organisation and make it lose focus on its campaign ahead of elections.
He condemned the petrol bombing of the home of Shayamoya’s councillor John Phahla last Monday, saying such an act put not only the councillor’s life at risk, but that of his family members as well.
It is believed some residents in Shayamoya are opposed to Phahla being nominated as a candidate to contest elections for the ward which may have led to the petrol bombing.
Mthembu says the organisation will deal with members behind the violent protests.
He says the party adheres to democratic processes which means not all members would be satisfied with the outcomes as they might not be what they wanted.
Deputy chairperson Vincent Chili says the organisation will meet with members who have grievances to try and find a solution.