ANC man put on ice

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SUS­PENDED ANC Frances Baard re­gional chair­per­son, Dr Thapelo Dithebe, has been barred from tak­ing part in any meet­ings to nom­i­nate del­e­gates to vote in the in­com­ing re­gional and na­tional lead­er­ship.

The Frances Baard re­gional con­fer­ence will be held at Rekoafela re­sort from De­cem­ber 1 to 3 where del­e­gates will be nom­i­nated to vote in the re­gional and na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ences.

The na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence to elect the new ANC pres­i­dent is ex­pected to take place from De­cem­ber 16 to 20 in Gaut­eng.

ANC re­gional sec­re­tary, Web­ster Dich­aba, pointed out that since Dithebe’s mem­ber­ship had been frozen fol­low­ing his sus­pen­sion, he would not be per­mit­ted to take part in any ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This will re­main the case un­til the ANC Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (PEC) de­cides oth­er­wise.

“Dithebe re­fused to sign the charges that were pre­sented to him by the PEC. He has 30 days to ap­peal the charges, which in­clude bring­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion into dis­re­pute and con­tra­ven­ing ANC roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

He stated that the pro­posal to hold re­gional con­fer­ences af­ter the con­clu­sion of the na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence would not be en­ter­tained.

“The cur­rent re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has ex­ceeded its term of of­fice for a year and six months. That is why we are sit­ting with the prob­lems that we have. The dys­func­tional REC is way be­hind its man­date. We can­not have a re­gion that is ob­sessed with fac­tional pol­i­tics.”

Dich­aba added that the re­gional con­fer­ence, that was ini­tially sched­uled to be held this week­end, had to be de­layed.

“We do not want to rush things or open our­selves up to court pro­cesses. We have al­lowed mem­bers to raise dis­putes. The na­tional au­dit team will be in the Prov­ince in the near fu­ture to check com­pli­ance.”

He stated that the branches that had con­vened, had nom­i­nated Ramaphosa and were sup­port­ing groups loyal to ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary, Za­mani Saul.

“We are ex­pect­ing be­tween 300 and 450 vot­ing as well as non-vot­ing del­e­gates and de­ploy­ees to at­tend. We are ready to go to con­fer­ence as we have al­most 80 per­cent of the branches that are in good stand­ing. Ru­mours were be­ing sown to say that there will be blood on the floor. There is no chaos and the branches are be­hind Ramaphosa.

“Mem­bers have a right to cam­paign and dif­fer in their views, but we must all sup­port the elected leader voted in by the ma­jor­ity. To do oth­er­wise would amount to ill-dis­ci­pline. Some­one who op­er­ates out­side the or­gan­i­sa­tion must be un­dergo dis­ci­plinary steps.”

Dich­aba in­di­cated that there were 10 branches in the re­gion – Ma­gareng (one), Phok­wane (two) and Sol Plaatje (seven) – that had not met the re­quire­ments to hold branch gen­eral meet­ings.

“Some dis­grun­tled mem­bers have re­sorted to tak­ing the ANC to court. This is a new phe­nom­e­non. They went be­yond the ANC’s pro­cesses and we will al­low them to sat­isfy them­selves.”

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary, Deshi Ngxanga, said that the North­ern Cape was sched­uled to take four of its five re­gions to re­gional con­fer­ences – Frances Baard, Pix­ley ka Seme, John Taolo Gaet­sewe and ZF Mg­cawu.

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