NEC to step in at Cape re­gion

CityPress - - News - ANDISIWE MAKINANA andisiwe.makinana@city­press.co.za

The ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) is ex­pected to in­ter­vene in the West­ern Cape, where the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship is fac­ing off with the prov­ince’s largest ANC re­gion.

The pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) dis­solved the lead­er­ship of the Dul­lah Omar re­gion, which cov­ers the Cape Town metropole, early last Sun­day morn­ing, and re­placed it with a re­gional task team led by for­mer PEC mem­ber Leonard Ra­mat­lakane and in­clud­ing for­mer Hawks head Anwa Dra­mat, among oth­ers.

But the re­gional lead­er­ship is not tak­ing its dis­so­lu­tion ly­ing down. While it is not ap­peal­ing the move, the re­gion is count­ing on the more pow­er­ful NEC to re­verse the de­ci­sion.

Chair­per­son of the dis­banded struc­ture, Xolani So­tashe, con­firmed the NEC in­ter­ven­tion, say­ing: “The mat­ter is be­ing dealt with by the ANC NEC. The NEC will go down [to Cape Town] to deal with the mat­ter.”

A num­ber of sources in the PEC ac­cused the Dul­lah Omar re­gion of de­fi­ance and of un­der­min­ing the pro­vin­cial struc­ture.

The un­der­ly­ing is­sues re­late to the up­com­ing elec­tive con­fer­ence of the ANC, where the PEC is be­lieved to sup­port Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, while the Dul­lah Omar re­gion is firmly in the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma camp.

The PEC charged that the lead­er­ship of the Dul­lah Omar re­gion did not ac­cept the out­come of the past pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence, where the cur­rent PEC was elected. This, ac­cord­ing to a draft doc­u­ment of the PEC, re­sulted in the Dul­lah Omar re­gional lead­er­ship dis­re­gard­ing cor­re­spon­dence and meet­ings with the PEC and its of­fi­cials.

“The re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee did not seek a work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the PEC. As a re­sult, they dis­re­garded the pro­gramme of es­tab­lish­ing zonal struc tures across the Cape Town metropoli­tan area as di­rected in ANC pol­icy, and as in­structed by the PEC, as cru­cial prepa­ra­tion for the 2016 lo­cal elec­tion cam­paign in the city,” it said.

The PEC also claims that the re­gional lead­er­ship did not align its membership sys­tem with that of the rest of the prov­ince and also of run­ning a par­al­lel cam­paign ahead of last year’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion cam­paign, which re­sulted in the ANC’s worst elec­tion per­for­mance in the City of Cape Town.

Hours af­ter their dis­so­lu­tion on Sun­day, So­tashe, who was the ANC’s may­oral can­di­date for Cape Town last year, held a press con­fer­ence where he and lead­ers of other re­gions, and some of the party’s PEC, called for the PEC to be dis­banded.

So­tashe was quoted in Cape news­pa­pers as say­ing that sev­eral at­tempts by his lead­er­ship and that of other re­gions to have “bi­lat­er­als” with the pro­vin­cial struc­ture had fallen on deaf ears.

City Press has seen a let­ter from the ANC’s pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Faiez Ja­cobs to ANC branches in­form­ing them about the dis­so­lu­tion of the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and the ap­point­ment of a re­gional task team.

“This PEC de­ci­sion has not been made in haste or lightly. It was made af­ter se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion, and af­ter many at­tempts to get the Dul­lah Omar re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to work to­gether with and ac­cept the PEC lead­er­ship col­lec­tive.

“The Dul­lah Omar re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has con­sis­tently un­der­mined the PEC’s decisions, di­rec­tives and pro­grammes,” wrote Ja­cobs.

He also ac­cused the Dul­lah Omar re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of hav­ing failed to serve and lead branches and membership in an open, in­clu­sive and trans­par­ent man­ner, re­sult­ing in fac­tion­al­ism and marginal­i­sa­tion of mem­bers and branches with dif­fer­ing points of views.

Con­vener of the NEC de­ploy­ees in the West­ern Cape, Derek Hanekom, told City Press how the PEC meet­ing on Satur­day was dis­rupted by a group of peo­ple who iden­ti­fied them­selves as com­ing from two ANC branches in Khayelit­sha.

“They walked in at about 9.30pm and dis­rupted the meet­ing. For a while, the meet­ing could not con­tinue. It con­tin­ued af­ter no­tices were sent out to ev­ery­body be­cause some peo­ple left. It’s un­for­tu­nate that the lead­er­ship of Dul­lah Omar left be­cause these branches were from their re­gion,” he said.

Hanekom said the meet­ing re­sumed at 2am on Sun­day, but that he was not there when the de­ci­sion to dis­solve the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the re­gion was made.

Hanekom also re­vealed that it was not the first time that the PEC had dealt with the Dul­lah Omar dis­so­lu­tion.

“It was in the PEC more than two months ago as a pro­posal. I was at that PEC, where, as an NEC de­ployee to the prov­ince, I thought let’s try to re­solve it through some kind of fa­cil­i­ta­tion and find out what ex­actly the prob­lems are and try to work through the prob­lems, how­ever, it didn’t amount to that,” he said.

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