Another ANC fight surfaces
SECRETARY HAS BEEN ‘SUSPENDED’ BY REGIONAL STRUCTURE FOR MISCONDUCT
WITH only two weeks to the ANC regional conferences, another internal fight has surfaced in the John Taolo Gaetsewe region leading to the suspension of the regional secretary.
Peace Leserwane has been suspended by the regional structure for misconduct, bringing the party into disrepute and contributing to the highly divisive and factional environment.
However, provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga will have none of that and has instructed the region to reverse its decision with immediate effect.
“The ANC in the province has received a letter notifying the provincial executive committee through the office of the provincial secretary of the suspension of the regional secretary of the John Taolo Gaetsewe region,” he said.
“The provincial secretary has however responded to the letter, instructing the regional executive committee not to proceed with the suspension of the secretary as the REC did not follow the correct procedures in instituting disciplinary action against comrade Leserwane.”
Ngxanga said they would be dispatching PEC deployees to the area to look into the matter as soon as possible.
The region is one of four regions expected to hold their conferences from December 1 to 3.
The regional chairperson Seweditswe Gaobusiwe said Leserwane had failed to execute his duties such as convening REC meetings.
“This was done deliberately in order to paralyse legitimate structures and undermine the effectiveness of the REC to discharge its duties.
“The regional secretary outsourced the duties of the REC to his cabal thus undermining the authority of the constitutional structure,” he said.
Gaobusiwe said Leserwane had failed to convene constitutional structures in order to discuss the branch general meetings (BGMs) programme and monitor and review branch general meetings progress and their challenges from time to time.
“He also failed to draft and present to the REC a road map and guidelines for the regional conference. Also a failure to present audited memberships and verification report to the REC prior to BGMs,” he said.
“His conduct is undermining the role of the REC to discuss conference preparations and to have an opportunity to appoint conference committees as required,” he said.
According to Gaobusiwe, Leserwane did not involve any REC member in making preparations and only dealt with his cabal.
“He deliberately failed to convene officials meetings while in the process continuing to undertake conference preparatory work by himself with a few comrades he has handpicked.
“The REC was never appraised in terms of disputes received and how they are handled. This will deny other branches an opportunity to attend conferences as they will learn about disputes after the cut off dates,” he said.
Meanwhile Leserwane said he was still the regional secretary up until the next conference in two weeks time.
“I am not suspended, I am still the John Taolo Gaetsewe regional secretary. It is those comrades that are pushing a political agenda.
“Gaobusiwe and his group are the ones who say I am suspended. They did not follow any due processes.
“They do not have the powers to suspend an REC member. If a member has committed a mistake, they need to inform the PEC so that they can intervene,” he said.
Leserwane said he did not receive any correspondence that he was suspended and he had just heard people talking.