ANC man put on ice
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.