‘Political so­lu­tion’ to ANC cri­sis

Afro Voice (Northern Cape) - - POL­I­TICS - BONOLO SE­LE­BANO bono­los@the­newage.co.za

THE ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) peace process in the party’s strife-rid­den East­ern Cape ap­pears to be on shaky ground as mur­murs of dis­gruntle­ment with the de­ci­sion to set aside the Sbu Nde­bele re­port per­sist.

A re­cent meet­ing of the party’s high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body called for war­ring fac­tions led by ANC provin­cial chair­per­son Os­car Mabuyane and Premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle to smoke the peace pipe fol­low­ing the party’s de­ci­sion to ini­ti­ate a “political so­lu­tion” to the con­tested out­come of the ANC’s “fes­ti­val of chairs” elec­tive con­fer­ence.

ANC provin­cial heavy­weight Andile Lungisa, who among the likes of Themba Xathula, Nancy Sihlwayi and Mlibo Qo­boshiyane form part of the group of dis­grun­tled party mem­bers who pre­vi­ously vowed to chal­lenge the out­come of the con­fer­ence in court, said the group would now par­tic­i­pate in the peace talks.

How­ever, in the light of the pre­vi­ous threat to seek re­lief in the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, Lungisa said that if the talks failed to bear fruit, they would take mat­ters into their “own hands”.

“We are wait­ing for the pro­cesses ini­ti­ated by the secretary­gen­eral’s of­fice to lead. If it fails we’ll take mat­ters into our own hands.

“If that process does not take place, we will see what we can do and we’ll ex­plore all av­enues,” he said.

Asked if the group would ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of tak­ing up their griev­ances with the party’s newly con­sti­tuted na­tional dis­pute res­o­lu­tion com­mit­tee chaired by deputy secretary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte, Lungisa said it was not an op­tion.

“We are not tak­ing any griev­ances to any com­mit­tee. We are wait­ing for the process out­lined by the secretary-gen­eral to find a political so­lu­tion,” he said.

Lungisa lamented the scenes of chaos that erupted at last year’s con­fer­ence.

“Our ap­peal is about the con­fer­ence where peo­ple were vi­o­lently beaten and re­fused to par­tic­i­pate in the con­fer­ence,” he said.

The New Age has also seen a let­ter said to have been sent to the of­fice of the ANC secretary-gen­eral from one of the dis­grun­tled party mem­bers ex­press­ing frus­tra­tion at the NEC’s de­ci­sion to “an­nul” the find­ings of the Sbu Nde­bele re­port commissioned by it.

The ANC member vowed to seek re­course in court as a re­sult of the “un­ten­able po­si­tion”.

The East­ern Cape task team ap­pealed to Sbu Nde­bele that while he was “not aware” of the let­ter, he trusted and had faith in the ANC’s political so­lu­tion to the dis­pute.

He said that his re­port was not geared to­wards find­ing any­one guilty of wrong­do­ing.

“The secretary-gen­eral (Ace Ma­gashule) is say­ing, com­rades lets talk. Talk­ing is the most de­sir­able thing. The re­port was not a process of find­ing any­one guilty, so I’m sure we’ll ar­rive at a good con­clu­sion.

“The process led by the sec­re­tary­gen­eral is to say that the prov­ince must unite and unity is a vol­un­tary process,” Nde­bele said.

The New Age asked ANC na­tional spokesper­son Pule Mabe whether he could au­then­ti­cate the let­ter said to have been sent to Ma­gashule’s of­fice on Mon­day morn­ing and a re­sponse was not given.

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