ANC row over Rubu­sana elec­tions goes to ap­peal

Spe­cial com­mit­tee to de­cide fate of newly-elected re­gional ex­ec­u­tive

Daily Dispatch - - News - ZINE GE­ORGE PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

The fate of the newly-elected Dr WB Rubu­sana re­gional ex­ec­u­tive is now in the hands of the na­tional ap­peals com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee, led by ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers Zoleka Caqa and Dakota Le­goete, in a two-day visit to the re­gion, lis­tened to sub­mis­sions by com­plainants from 13 ANC branches in Rubu­sana. Some of them wanted con­fir­ma­tion that Pum­lani Mkolo, the newly-elected re­gional chair­per­son, was elected in a prop­erly con­sti­tuted meet­ing.

Oth­ers want the re­gion dis­banded. The Daily Dis­patch can re­veal to­day how­ever, that the view Mkolo re­mains at the helm has been dealt a heavy blow af­ter Capa an­nounced that Ward 1, which sent four del­e­gates to the con­fer­ence, should not have par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tive meet­ing be­cause its branch lead­ers were elected fraud­u­lently.

The rul­ing which went in favour of the le­git­i­mate sec­re­tary, Luacs Loate, states that the Koko Qe­beyi led-BEC was il­le­git­i­mate. “This is long over­due. This is the bat­tle I have been fighting for for the past nine months. I’m glad I’m vin­di­cated,” added Loate.

The Daily Dis­patch can also re­veal that Ward 21 in NU12/-13 in Mdantsane, which was not rep­re­sented at the con­fer­ence, should have par­tic­i­pated.

Ward 21 branch deputy sec­re­tary Sim­phiwe Sinyabi said four of its del­e­gates were con­fined out­side the con­fer­ence venue be­cause an at­ten­dance reg­is­ter of the branch meet­ing which elected del­e­gates to the con­fer­ence went miss­ing.

“But a miss­ing reg­is­ter does not in any way jus­tify the rea­son to ex­clude Ward 21,” said Sinyabi.

“Com­rade Capa ruled in our favour and de­clared that we were sup­posed to be part of the con­fer­ence.

“The ques­tion is, who else was left out and who did not qual­ify but took part in the con­fer­ence? That is why as a leader in my branch my view is that the Rubu­sana con­fer­ence out­comes should be nul­li­fied,” he added. The num­bers have far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions as the elec­tions were closely con­tested, ex­cept for the chair­man po­si­tion which Mkolo won by 120 votes against Xola Pakati’s 107.

“What com­pli­cated is­sues at that con­fer­ence was the for­eign ten­dency of al­low­ing dis­putes to be han­dled par­al­lel to the con­fer­ence, and that is why it is dif­fi­cult to ex­plain why the adopted num­ber of del­e­gates was 223 but 229 peo­ple voted.”

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Lu­lama Ngcukay­i­tobi said the na­tional ap­peals com­mit­tee will have to cob­ble this into a re­port and make rec­om­men­da­tions and in­form the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

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