ANC man dies in list bat­tle

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A per­son died this week in the North West’s Ken­neth Kaunda re­gion in Mat­losana, the sec­ond­biggest city in the prov­ince, as ten­sions mount over the nom­i­na­tion of ANC coun­cil­lor can­di­dates for Au­gust’s lo­cal poll.

The death of Lucky Ra­pu­lane Mot­seare (35) came amid rev­e­la­tions of a se­cretly recorded meet­ing where plans were be­ing made, al­legedly by se­nior re­gional lead­ers, to use their pow­ers to rig the out­comes of the nom­i­na­tions pro­cesses.

Mot­seare’s sis­ter, Nt­soaki, told City Press yes­ter­day that her brother was hit on the lower ab­domen by a brick dur­ing a fight while at­tend­ing the ANC meet­ing to se­lect coun­cil­lor can­di­dates for Ward 22 last month in Kanana town­ship. He died of kid­ney fail­ure in Mat­losana’s Tshe­p­ong hospi­tal last Satur­day and he was buried yes­ter­day.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said yes­ter­day that no­body should ma­nip­u­late the coun­cil­lor nom­i­na­tion pro­cesses be­cause “that is what makes us strug­gle to win even the wards that are strongholds of the ANC”. “When you put in a per­son that is not pop­u­lar, you also cre­ate in­de­pen­dents in that process,” Man­tashe said.

On Fri­day, City Press vis­ited the area to ver­ify a leaked au­dio record­ing in which ANC re­gional lead­ers dis­cussed the plan.

Mat­losana re­gional leader Frank Ma­lon­goa is heard telling a “se­cret” meet­ing, at­tended by a se­lect group of peo­ple, that there was “a church” – seen as ref­er­ence to a ca­bal – which had the sole author­ity to de­cide who be­came an ANC coun­cil­lor.

He claimed in the record­ing that a “church meet­ing” in Alabama in Mat­losana had pro­duced a full list of po­ten­tial ward and pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion coun­cil­lors. He also said he had opened the en­velopes, with the names of nom­i­nated can­di­dates in them, when it ar­rived from branches. He had se­cretly shared the in­for­ma­tion with re­gional sec­re­tary Lopang Roth­man to give an up­date on how many peo­ple from the church’s pre­ferred list were suc­cess­fully nom­i­nated.

Ma­lon­goa is also a mem­ber of the ANC’s re­gional list com­mit­tee in Ken­neth Kaunda that is meant to over­see the fair and proper func­tion­ing of branch nom­i­na­tions and ward se­lec­tion pro­cesses.

Ma­lon­goa yes­ter­day did not deny knowl­edge of the meet­ing and that he had par­tic­i­pated in it.

“When we talk about the church, we are re­fer­ring to lobby groups within the branches,” he said. He said he was duty-bound to share in­for­ma­tion with Roth­man, who is po­lit­i­cally his se­nior.

Ma­lon­goa swore that the agency run­ning the elec­tion process on be­half of the party would con­firm that no en­velopes with nom­i­nees’ names in them were tam­pered with.

ANC sec­re­tary in North West Dakota Le­goete said yes­ter­day the record­ing was ev­i­dence of “a se­ri­ous mis­con­duct” and a mat­ter for a dis­ci­plinary process. Le­goete said “those al­leg­ing that rig­ging and ma­nip­u­la­tion was wide­spread in the prov­ince must pro­duce ev­i­dence”.

But yes­ter­day, Roth­man could not be reached for com­ment.

Phosa re­jects ‘silly’ set­tle­ment of­fer in bat­tle with Mabuza

For­mer ANC trea­surer-gen­eral Mathews Phosa has de­scribed the out-of-court set­tle­ment pro­posal that was de­manded by Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza for ac­cus­ing the lat­ter of be­ing an apartheid spy as “silly”, and has re­jected it.

Mabuza filed a R10 mil­lion defama­tion law­suit last year af­ter Phosa ad­mit­ted that he sub­mit­ted a dossier to ANC deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte in Septem­ber 2014 for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be con­ducted. In the dossier he al­leged that Mabuza had op­er­ated as an apartheid govern­ment spy.

The case is set to start in the North­ern Gaut­eng High Court to­mor­row, but it is un­clear if Mabuza will be able to at­tend as he has been on a state visit to An­gola this week. Mabuza is ex­pected to re­turn from An­gola to­day.

Phosa said: “He asked for a post­pone­ment and I re­fused. He made a silly of­fer of set­tle­ment [and] I re­jected it.”

How­ever, Phosa de­clined to give de­tails of the set­tle­ment, say­ing it was “con­fi­den­tial”.

Mabuza’s spokesper­son, Zi­bonele Mncwango, could not be drawn into com­ment­ing about the set­tle­ment. He merely con­firmed that the case was pro­ceed­ing on Mon­day.

At the cen­tre of the case is Phosa’s for­mer but­ler, Jan Ven­ter. Ven­ter set the cat among the pi­geons early last year, when he wrote an af­fi­davit claim­ing that he saw Phosa and his as­so­ciate Nick El­liot fab­ri­cat­ing the spy re­port.

The re­port al­leges that Mabuza spied on ANC lead­ers, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga. Since his af­fi­davit, Ven­ter has flip-flopped be­tween sup­port­ing Phosa and Mabuza.

Phosa is a for­mer premier of Mpumalanga (1994 to 1999). Mabuza served as his ed­u­ca­tion MEC back then.

They had a fall­out in 2008 af­ter Phosa backed Lassy Chi­wayo to be the ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son.

Mabuza won that po­si­tion and has since been the ANC boss in the prov­ince.

– Sizwe sama Yende

Lucky Mot­seare

Mathews Phosa

David Mabuza

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