I am go­ing nowhere, says Nocks Se­abi

Cosatu calls for Lim­popo ANC sec­re­tary’s sus­pen­sion over the ‘miss­ing 68 votes’ saga Nocks Se­abi re­jects the call and rules out res­ig­na­tion ANCYL dis­misses Cosatu’s de­mand as a ‘frivolous and vex­a­tious’ stunt mo­ti­vated by up­com­ing pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence

African Times - - Front Page - BUKUTA NKUNA

LIM­POPO ANC sec­re­tary Nocks Se­abi has re­jected calls for him to be sus­pended and in­ves­ti­gated for al­legedly send­ing bo­gus del­e­gates to the party’s na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence last month.

Se­abi, who sup­ported Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s failed bid to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as ANC leader, has also ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of re­sign­ing from his po­si­tion over the al­leged mis­con­duct.

This comes af­ter Lim­popo Cosatu called on the ANC pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) to sanc­tion Se­abi, ac­cus­ing him of hav­ing re­placed le­git­i­mate del­e­gates with fake ones as well as ap­prov­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of branches that had failed to hold their manda­tory branch gen­eral meet­ings (BMG’s).

In a scathing state­ment re­leased this week, Lim­popo Cosatu sec­re­tary Gerald Twala thanked the fed­er­a­tion’s shop stew­ards and mem­bers for en­sur­ing that Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa emerged vic­to­ri­ous at the con­fer­ence in Nas­rec, Jo­han­nes­burg.

He de­scribed the out­come as a re­jec­tion of state capture “by forces with no in­ter­est to the strate­gic ob­jec­tives of our rev­o­lu­tion dur­ing its 54th Na­tional Con­fer­ence held in De­cem­ber 2017”.

Cosatu had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to safe­guard the unity of the ANC and the al­liance, said Twala. And part of that role is to see to it that Se­abi was sus­pended and probed for his al­leged role in the so-called “68 miss­ing votes”. These are the votes of 68 ANC del­e­gates from Lim­popo and KwaZulu-Natal that were quar­an­tined and not counted by the Elex­ions Agency af­ter their le­git­i­macy was dis­puted.

They cre­ated a storm af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the party’s se­nior of­fi­cials – also known as the top six when it emerged that they had not been counted and could have had a bear­ing on the po­si­tion of sec­re­tary gen­eral, for which Free State Premier Ace Ma­gashule had de­feated for­mer KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu by 24 votes. In the end, they were counted and 15 “given” to Mchunu, who had ini­ti­ated le­gal pro­ceed­ings to have the re­sults set aside.

Twala said the ANC’s re­newal process, led by Ramaphosa and his top six col­leagues – must “start by correcting wrong ten­den­cies by its lead­ers”.

“The se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions against the Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary of the ANC, com­rade Nocks Se­abi, of at­tempts and or registration of bo­gus del­e­gates from branches that failed to con­vene their BGMs or have failed au­dits and in­con­spic­u­ous re­place­ments of le­git­i­mate branch del­e­gates to the 54th Na­tional Con­fer­ence can­not go unat­tended. This fal­la­cious and in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct en­sued dur­ing the ANC Spe­cial PGC held on the 4th De­cem­ber 2017 and at the 54th Na­tional Con­fer­ence. This is fur­ther ev­i­denced by the fact that the ma­jor­ity of the so-called “68 miss­ing votes” are from Lim­popo Prov­ince,” Twala said in a state­ment.

“It is on those ba­sis that the COSATU in the prov­ince calls for the ANC PEC to im­me­di­ately sus­pend the Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary, com­rade Nocks Se­abi, and in­sti­tute in­ves­ti­ga­tions with re­gard to these se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions. The fed­er­a­tion will en­gage the lead­er­ship of the ANC on this mat­ter.”

Se­abi said while ANC lead­er­ship in the prov­ince was will­ing to dis­cuss the mat­ter with Cosatu, Twala’s call was mis­placed and un­founded.

Asked whether he was will­ing to en­ter­tain calls for his sus­pen­sion, or even re­sign if needs be, Se­abi replied: “I can’t. I have been elected by con­fer­ence.”

How­ever, he said that a meet­ing has been ar­ranged be­tween the ANC and Cosatu in the prov­ince to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

“We will have a meet­ing with them and hear what they say. I don’t want to be in­volved in a lot of to­ing and fro­ing,” Se­abi added.

He in­sisted that he was be­ing tar­geted for hav­ing sup­ported Dlamini-Zuma, who lost to Ramaphosa by 179 of the 4776 votes. Se­abi said no unity would be achieved in the ANC with­out “en­gage­ments”.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and Cosas have thrown their weight be­hind Se­abi.

ANCYL Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary Che Se­lane dis­missed Twala’s de­mand as a “frivolous and vex­a­tious” stunt mo­ti­vated by the de­sire to in­flu­ence the out­come of the up­com­ing pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence.

“Cosatu doesn’t have the right to raise dis­putes about con­fer­ences of the ANC. Cosatu must fo­cus on unit­ing work­ers and fight for their rights,” said Se­lane, adding that Cosatu lead­ers must raise their prob­lems with the ANC lead­er­ship di­rectly and not through the me­dia, if they have any.

“They know that we are head­ing to­wards a pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence. The man­ner in which they have raised the de­bate is quite mis­chievous be­cause it’s wrong for them to say we want so and so to be what in the ANC. But to in­voke a de­ci­sion and say so and so must be sus­pended , that re­spon­si­bil­ity is for branches of the ANC.”

Nt­wanano Ngob­eni, the chair­per­son of Congress of South African Stu­dents (Cosas) in Lim­popo, said Cosatu were bi­ased to­wards Pro­vin­cial ANC chair­per­son and Premier Stan Matha­batha.

“Cosatu in the prov­ince are so bi­ased. They work with the chair­per­son of the ANC, and some­times they like tak­ing bribes. They love money. So, for them, to re­move their op­po­nent, who is Nocks Se­abi, they re­lease state­ments like that,” Ngob­eni said.

The pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence is ex­pected to be held in the mid­dle of the year. Three line ups have emerged al­ready. One line up has Matha­batha as chair­per­son; the other has Trans­port MEC Makoma Makhu­ru­petje as chair­per­son while the third one has Pro­vin­cial Trea­surer and busi­ness­man Danny Msiza as chair­per­son. Matha­batha and Makhu­ru­petje are bit­ter ri­vals, while Msiza is Matha­batha’s long-time con­fi­dant turned ri­val.

Pic­ture / Vis­ual Buzz SA

UN­DER FIRE: Lim­popo ANC sec­re­tary Nocks Se­abi.

Pic­tures: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela / Vis­ual Buzz SA

ABOVE: Lim­popo ANC sec­re­tary Nocks Se­abi. BE­LOW: Lim­popo Cosatu sec­re­tary Gerald Twala.

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