ANC fighting fires in North West ahead of birthday bash

(File: ANC)
(File: ANC)

Rustenburg - The ANC was dealing with conflicts among some members in Rustenburg ahead of the party’s 104th birthday celebrations in the city on Saturday.

On Monday, one group of party members marched to hand over a memorandum about alleged rampant corruption in the Rustenburg municipality.

The members wanted the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) to recall North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and disband the provincial executive committee. Mahumapelo is also the ANC’s North West chairperson.

Police had to stop the group from clashing with another group of ANC members in central Rustenburg. 

"The people who marched yesterday [Monday] are disgruntled members. They are not anarchists," ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte said on Tuesday.

She said the NEC would return to Rustenburg after the party’s January 8 statement and 104th anniversary celebrations to address the issues raised.

Duarte said they had met the organisers of Monday’s march and received their memorandum. 

“They raised issues about brown water in Rustenburg, a clinic and some internal matters of the ANC. Some of the issues like water was resolved, it was tested and it is safe for consumption," she told journalists at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng, Rustenburg.

Duarte said all systems were in place for the party's celebrations at the venue on Saturday. About 123 000 people were expected to attend.

The day would start early in an attempt to beat the heat. President Jacob Zuma was expected to speak during the course of the morning and the party hoped to conclude the programme by 14:00.

Zuma’s speech was expected to mention this year’s local government election, education, and party unity.

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