An­other ANC fight sur­faces


The New Age (Northern Cape) - - FRONT PAGE - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­

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.

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