ANC in­fight­ing in West­ern Cape probed

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

The lead­er­ship of the ANC in the West­ern Cape was this week on ten­ter­hooks as the party’s top lead­er­ship moved in to in­ves­ti­gate the state of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in the prov­ince.

The ANC’s top six of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, will be meet­ing ANC branches to­day to get a frank brief­ing from or­di­nary ANC mem­bers about the state of the party in the West­ern Cape’s six re­gions.

The meet­ing fol­lows the dis­band­ment of the lead­er­ship struc­ture of the party’s big­gest re­gion in the prov­ince, the Dul­lah Omar re­gion, which cov­ers the Cape Town metropole.

The re­gion was dis­banded by the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) last month af­ter it was ac­cused of de­fi­ance, among other things. It was re­placed with a re­gional task team led by for­mer ANC PEC and for­mer Congress of the Peo­ple mem­ber Leonard Ra­mat­lakane, and in­cludes for­mer Hawks head Anwa Dra­mat.

The dis­banded struc­ture turned to the party’s head­quar­ters and asked for an in­ter­ven­tion.

ANC na­tional chair­per­son Baleka Mbete will lead the team vis­it­ing the Dul­lah Omar re­gion, while Zuma will be in Boland, the sec­ond big­gest ANC re­gion in the prov­ince. The other of­fi­cials will visit the re­main­ing four re­gions.

ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa told City Press that the lead­ers will meet with all the branches – in good or bad stand­ing – to dis­cuss the state of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in the re­gion. “They will then have a meet­ing with the PEC, where­upon those who went to the re­gions the pre­vi­ous day will give a re­port in the pres­ence of the PEC,” he said. Kodwa said the is­sue of the Dul­lah Omar re­gion will be just one of the is­sues dis­cussed in the con­text of un­der­stand­ing the state of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. He said that, af­ter meet­ing with the PEC, the na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee may de­cide to have its own meet­ing and make a de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of the prov­ince, its re­gions and lead­er­ship, and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee about what should hap­pen. Over the past two weeks, ru­mours have done the rounds that ANC head­quar­ters will dis­band the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship this week­end. Kodwa said that, even if this were to hap­pen, “you can’t talk about dis­band­ment be­fore you do an assess­ment of the or­gan­i­sa­tion”. City Press un­der­stands that the PEC has com­piled a dossier to be pre­sented to the na­tional lead­er­ship that il­lus­trates the al­leged nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions when the Dul­lah Omar lead­er­ship snubbed the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship. One of the re­ports to be pre­sented to the na­tional lead­er­ship claims that the Dul­lah Omar re­gion con­tested the out­come of the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence, where the cur­rent pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship was elected in 2015. “This fail­ure to ac­cept the con­fer­ence out­comes has un­der­pinned the stance of the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to­wards the PEC. This mat­ter has been raised with the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and the PEC has con­sis­tently ap­pealed for unity,” it reads. The PEC will also blame the Dul­lah Omar re­gion for the ANC’s dis­mal show­ing in last year’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in Cape Town, where the party man­aged to se­cure only 24% of the vote – the worst elec­toral per­for­mance by the ANC. “As elec­tion re­sults showed, the re­gion lost ground to the DA and even the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers. Dur­ing the elec­tions, it was clear that the re­gion did not ac­cept the au­thor­ity of the PEC, and the lit­tle work it did was uni­lat­eral and with no ref­er­ence to the pro­vin­cial struc­tures,” reads the re­port. The PEC also blames fac­tion­al­ism as an “abid­ing char­ac­ter” of the Dul­lah Omar re­gion. City Press un­der­stands that the fact that lead­ers in the pro­vin­cial struc­ture want Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to suc­ceed Zuma as the pres­i­dent of the ANC at the elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber is com­pound­ing the divi­sion. The Dul­lah Omar re­gion is firmly in the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma camp.

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