EC ANC defends funding sources
Group seeking to nullify PEC results in ConCourt says party members sympathetic to their cause were footing the bill for their cause
A GROUP of disgruntled Eastern Cape ANC members yesterday defended their sources of financial support to fund their drawn-out legal tussles with the Oscar Mabuyane led provincial leadership in the Constitutional Court.
The group led by branch leader Baxolile Kulu vowed to see their fight to nullify the outcome of the ANC provincial elective conference (PEC) through with the Constitutional Court.
Kulu, when pressed to disclose the group’s sources of funding for their legal tussle that extended from the Grahamstown High Court through to the Constitutional Court, insisted that ordinary ANC members sympathetic to their cause were footing the bill.
“This has attracted quite a lot of interest and a number of people have joined hands in making sure it becomes a reality. That’s why we had money to go to the ConCourt.
“The funders are the general members of the ANC in the province,” Kulu said.
This comes on the heels of provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi accusing the groups of being proxies for bigger role players who wanted the provincial leadership disbanded.
“The irony is the fact that most of these applicants who take our movement to court are unemployed and they are a “front” for others who wanted to oppose the ANC at all costs for selfish and personal interests,” he said.
The high court in Johannesburg also struck a separate but related case before it off the roll with costs due to a lack of urgency.
Kulu, a representative of the group argued that the party’s “festival of chairs” elective conference lacked the quorum to hold a conference when a group of party members abandoned it following a breakout of violence.
“In the ANC, 70% of branches must have sat before conference, then 90 % of those branches at conference should be there. When one says it was 50 plus 1 at conference, where does it comes from?
“It simply shows that indeed there was no conference that took place. That’s tantamount to depriving someone of his rights in the constitution of the ANC that every member must participate in the activities of the party,” Kulu said.
Kulu defended their bid to seek relief in court instead of the ANC’s newly established dispute resolution committee.
He said their decision was in line with Police Minister Bheki Cele views that the ANC should be taken to court until it learns to lead.
“Even the NEC member comrade Bheki Cele agrees with me when I say the ANC is in shambles. When an NEC members says up until we are able to lead that means that there is no organisation there. “So indeed the organisation is in shambles if a ANC NEC members can concede to that,” Kulu said.
Mabuyane last week told Afro Voice that the various groups of disaffected party members were stuck in a mode of “permanent disgruntlement.”
“You talk about people who are in a permanent mode of being disgruntled. They were disgruntled because they lost the provincial conference. They continue to be disgruntled because they will continue to lose regional conferences that are about to sit,” Mabuyane said.
REVOLT: Delegates at last year’s ill fated Eastern Cape provincial conference. Some members have to defended their legal action.