Party bat­tle to agree on names

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“They have gone against all [Pres­i­dent Ja­cob] Zuma said at the man­i­festo launch, and are turn­ing our com­mu­ni­ties into their ‘king­doms’ to do with as they please,” said a res­i­dent who asked to re­main anony­mous. ANC pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) mem­ber Andile Lungisa said it was only five wards that were in­volved in the fight. “All the oth­ers are just op­por­tunists.” The dis­grun­tled wards from Port El­iz­a­beth met pro­vin­cial lead­ers at the party head­quar­ters in Calata House in King Wil­liam’s Town on Wed­nes­day, where they were locked in meet­ings for hours with pro­vin­cial deputy chair­per­son Sakhumzi Somyo and deputy sec­re­tary He­len Sauls-Au­gust. Ma­su­alle’s com­ments came af­ter 10 of the 19 dis­grun­tled wards from Nel­son Man­dela Bay protested at the party’s re­gional of­fices on Tues­day, com­plain­ing that the lists had been ma­nip­u­lated. Jay Phillip of Ward 44, which in­cludes KwaNobuhle in Uiten­hage, said they were sur­prised when they found out last week­end that the can­di­dates fielded by the pro­vin­cial party lead­ers were not the ones the branches had rec­om­mended. He said that in KwaNobuhle’s Ward 43, a can­di­date who was num­ber three on the list was made num­ber one, while in an­other in­stance, a can­di­date of the ANC also ap­peared on the list of the United Front for the same ward. “This pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship can even field a dog as a can­di­date against a hu­man be­ing, as long as the dog will do as they say,” said Phillip. On Thurs­day, Ma­su­alle ad­mit­ted to City Press he could not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of “ill in­ten­tions” in some in­stances re­gard­ing the list process. He at­trib­uted most of the prob­lems to the “er­ro­neous cap­tur­ing” of names into the IEC sys­tem.

“As the PEC, we re­ceived a re­port from the PLC [pro­vin­cial list com­mit­tee] – charged with the co­or­di­na­tion of the list pro­cesses – [say­ing] that the IEC has im­ple­mented a new sys­tem of reg­is­ter­ing can­di­dates,” he said.

Ma­su­alle said that, in some cases, peo­ple er­ro­neously put their ID num­bers against other peo­ple’s names and, when the IEC regis­tered cap­tured the in­for­ma­tion us­ing the ID num­bers first in­stead of the names, the wrong peo­ple were “ac­ci­den­tally” regis­tered.

He said such er­rors, un­for­tu­nately, were im­pos­si­ble for the ANC to cor­rect, as the IEC had closed the sub­mis­sion date.

“We have ex­plained this prob­lem to those who were com­plain­ing – that it was not out of mal­ice.”

The premier said the party’s lead­er­ship was ad­dress­ing con­cerned branches in Nel­son Man­dela Bay and that Somyo was sched­uled to meet party mem­bers there this week­end to ease ten­sions.

Them­bisa Make­leni of Ward 27 in Soweto-On-Sea said it was disin­gen­u­ous to blame the IEC sys­tem when the names were tam­pered with de­lib­er­ately by the lead­er­ship.

Party mem­bers raised the alarm from the af­fected wards weeks be­fore the lists were sub­mit­ted to the IEC.

“There will be no cam­paign­ing by the ANC in our ar­eas un­til we are heard,” vowed Make­leni.

Mean­while, ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber and head of elec­tions Nomvula Mokonyane told City Press that the rapid re­sponse team of the ANC – a body made up of

Thoko Didiza

Nomvula Mokonyane

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