Talks on vi­o­lence at branch meet­ing fal­ter

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZOLILE MENZELWA

ANC dis­cus­sion on what to do about Sun­day’s vi­o­lence­marred Chris Hani branch gen­eral meet­ing, which saw five ANC mem­bers hos­pi­talised with stab wounds or in­juries from fly­ing stones, fal­tered when the re­gional work­ing com­mit­tee failed to reach its quo­rum and was aban­doned this week.

ANC re­gional sec­re­tary Lu­sanda Sizani told the Dis­patch: “The RWC meet­ing did not quo­rate as mem­bers of the women’s league who serve in the RWC are at­tend­ing a women’s lek­gotla in Ped­die.

“On Mon­day we have a PEC meet­ing and we will most prob­a­bly have the RWC meet­ing on Tues­day.”

The vi­o­lent out­burst at the Bonkolo Dam con­fer­ence cen­tre was sup­posed to have been dis­cussed dur­ing the Chris Hani re­gional work­ing com­mit­tee (RWC) meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The Dis­patch re­ported on Tues­day that Nox­olo Zuba, So­lethu Peter, Xolisa Dyu­bili, Songezo Vazi and Than­dokazi Mooi were iden­ti­fied as vic­tims.

Peter said she was stabbed in her arms and pelted with stones on the head and up­per body.

This was after one group of branch mem­bers tried to block an­other group from ac­cess­ing the meet­ing venue.

A new branch ex­ec­u­tive and del­e­gates to the month-end pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence were to be elected at the meet­ing by ward 18 mem­bers.

Sizani de­scribed the in­ci­dent as bar­baric, and con­sti­tu­tion­ally and po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect.

The as­sault oc­curred shortly after the ANC NEC head of de­ploy­ees in the East­ern Cape Zizi Kodwa told the mem­bers at the con­fer­ence cen­tre that un­ruly be­hav­iour was not ac­cept­able. Kodwa had said it was dis­turb­ing to see that ANC mem­bers would die for an in­di­vid­ual.

Dur­ing the fra­cas, REC mem­ber and for­mer ward coun­cil­lor Nom­buyiselo Ndlebe’s 2008 model Chevro­let Spark was over­turned by an an­gry mob.

The ward Lessey­ton Zingquthu.

Chris Hani re­gion is di­vided as the party is ex­pected to hold its elec­tive con­fer­ence from Septem­ber 27 to 30 in East London.

The re­gion ini­tially sup­ported the top five to hold their po­si­tions for a third term.

How­ever, fol­low­ing a pol­icy doc­u­ment dis­cus­sion meet­ing in June, branches voiced their sup­port for pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Oscar Mabuyane to take over from in­cum­bent Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle as chair­man.

Sizani is seen as a Mabuyane sup­porter while re­gional chair­woman Kholiswa Vim­bayo is cam­paign­ing for Ma­su­alle to serve a third term. in­cludes and

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