Juju claims rile ANCWL

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Front Page - BONOLO SELEBANO

THE ANC’s na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee (NWC) yes­ter­day moved to close ranks over claims that some lead­ers of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) turned their backs on late strug­gle icon Win­nie Madik­ize­laMan­dela and are set to meet the late icon’s fam­ily in the next few days to deal with the fall­out re­lated to the al­le­ga­tions that sur­faced at her fu­neral on Satur­day.

This af­ter the ANCWL yes­ter­day called a me­dia brief­ing at the party’s Luthuli House head­quar­ters to clear the air on claims made by EFF leader Julius Malema that var­i­ous ANC lead­ers from its league struc­tures among oth­ers “sold out” and treated Madik­izela-Man­dela like a pariah in her own or­gan­i­sa­tion.

How­ever, in a dra­matic turn of events, ANC na­tional spokesper­son Pule Mabe said yes­ter­day that the party had put the brakes on the ANCWL lead­ers’ at­tempts to set the record straight.

“There was an in­ter­ven­tion, the ANC is say­ing this is not the right time. At the right time we will re­spond,” Mabe said.

“Mem­bers of the ANC im­pli­cated in the al­le­ga­tions ap­proached the or­gan­i­sa­tion and we ad­vised that it’s not ad­vis­able to re­spond to such ac­cu­sa­tions in­di­vid­u­ally. The ANC will re­spond at an ap­pro­pri­ate time. We must pre­serve the legacy of Mama Win­nie.”

ANC elec­tions head Fik­ile Mbalula said party mem­bers had been ad­vised to al­low the ANC as an or­gan­i­sa­tion to com­ment on such mat­ters. ANCWL pres­i­dent Batha­bile Dlamini could not be reached for com­ment.

ANC deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte called for calm, urg­ing ANC lead­ers not to fall prey to acts of provo­ca­tion around Madik­ize­laMan­dela’s legacy.

“We ap­peal to all our peo­ple not to be pro­voked at this sad time. Let us unite in mourn­ing our mother and con­tinue to sup­port the Madik­izela- Man­dela fam­ily with the same spirit love and dig­nity dis­played dur­ing Mama Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela’s mourn­ing pe­riod and fi­nal send off,” Duarte said.

This comes as calls for and against the open­ing of a Pandora’s box of apartheid gov­ern­ment records of in­for­mants as well as jour­nal­ists on the pay­roll of the apartheid state’s Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (Strat­com) pro­gramme are still di­vided evenly.

There has been in­creas­ing spec­u­la­tion that the Madik­izela-Man­dela was a tar­get of smear cam­paigns by an apartheid-spy in­fil­trated me­dia and al­le­ga­tions that ANC mem­bers dou­bling as agent provo­ca­teurs, may have been tasked with de­rail­ing her po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

Calls have been made for the gov­ern­ment to re­veal the names of 40 jour­nal­ists who were sup­pos­edly work­ing for Strat­com and to de­clas­sify the names of apartheid gov­ern­ment in­for­mants.

For­mer safety and se­cu­rity min­is­ter Syd­ney Mufamadi yes­ter­day de­nied that he had re­sus­ci­tated the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Man­dela’s role in the killing of 14-year-old ac­tivist Moeketsi “Stom­pie” Seipei, as claimed in a doc­u­men­tary on Madik­izela-Man­dela, by French pro- ducer Pas­cale Lamche.

Mufamadi said yes­ter­day that while he had no knowl­edge of the ex­is­tence of a list of ANC mem­bers work­ing as spies for the apartheid gov­ern­ment, for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela had made at­tempts to get hold of it.

“He asked for such a list. He wanted to en­sure that we were not sit­ting with those peo­ple in the new gov­ern­ment. He asked for it be­cause he wanted the new gov­ern­ment to free it­self from the old or­der,” he said.

Mufamadi also said that the de­ci­sion to dis­tance the United Demo­cratic Front (UDF) from Madik­izela-Man­dela was not his but a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion out of con­cern about hap­pen­ings in the Man­dela Foot­ball Club.

“We coun­selled com­rade Win­nie about keep­ing that out­fit called Man­dela Foot­ball Club. Out of many at­tempts‚ the de­ci­sion to dis­tance the mass demo­cratic move­ment from her came from that,” he said.

Lamche who was present at Mufamadi’s brief­ing, has apol­o­gised for not con­tact­ing him to ob­tain a right of re­ply re­gard­ing the claim that he played a role in the re­open­ing of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Madik­izela-Man­dela’s al­leged in­volve­ment in Stom­pie Seipei’s killing.

How­ever, re­gard­ing the names of apartheid agents and ANC lead­ers who may have con­spired to neu­tralise Madik­izela-Man­dela’s po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions, Lamche said that the al­le­ga­tions were worth look­ing into.

“What I’m sug­gest­ing is that there was a big power strug­gle. I’m not sug­gest­ing that there weren’t le­git­i­mate con­cerns, I’m sug­gest­ing that it’s worth look­ing into what was clearly, (an at­tempt) that the left wing of the ANC be ef­fec­tively neu­tralised at a very sig­nif­i­cant point in the ne­go­ti­a­tions for the fu­ture of South Africa,” Lamche said.

Veteran jour­nal­ist Than­deka Gqubule, who has been ac­cused of work­ing at the be­hest of apartheid’s Strat­com, yes­ter­day vowed to clear her name by ap­proach­ing the courts in a bid to de­clas­sify in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to the covert oper­a­tion.

Apartheid min­is­ter of law and or­der Adri­aan Vlok, who was the sole Cab­i­net min­is­ter to ad­mit com­mit­ting po­lit­i­cal crimes at the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion (TRC), con­firmed that Madik­izela-Man­dela was a vic­tim of covert op­er­a­tions due to the threat she posed to the regime.

“Cer­tainly there must have been some of it be­cause she was giv­ing us some trouble. She was a very ac­tive lady and she was will­ing to do what she be­lieved in,” Vlok told The New Age.

Cosatu pres­i­dent Sdumo Dlamini raised his con­cerns that for­mer apartheid op­er­a­tives could still be ac­tive in the new dis­pen­sa­tion.

“We should never make the mis­take of think­ing that those ac­tiv­i­ties stopped, they may have stopped of­fi­cially in the sys­tem, but peo­ple who were in­volved there most of them are still alive,” Dlamini said.

The ANC was yes­ter­day ap­pre­hen­sive about com­ment­ing on the mat­ter.

“We should not al­low in­for­ma­tion ped­dling to di­vide our at­ten­tion from what must be achieved and the task at hand,” Mabe said.

SACP na­tional spokesper­son Alex Mashilo cau­tioned against hastily dis­clos­ing such lists.

“The sys­tem of apartheid was a very com­plex sys­tem. It had the ca­pac­ity to say some­one is an in­for­mant whereas that per­son was not an in­for­mant.

“It could claim that some­one was an in­for­mant as a tac­tic to di­vide the lib­er­a­tion move­ment. Some of these things are not as sim­plis­tic as they ap­pear. How do we ver­ify that some­one was an in­for­mant?” Mashilo said.

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