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

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - Politics - BONOLO SELEBANO bono­los@afro­tone.co.za

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.

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RE­VOLT: Del­e­gates at last year’s ill fated Eastern Cape pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence. Some mem­bers have to de­fended their le­gal ac­tion.

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