ANC un­fazed by court threats to stop meet­ings

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Northern Cape News - TI­ISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­newage.co.za

THE ANC in the prov­ince said it was not fazed by threats of court chal­lenges to stop the sched­uled branch gen­eral meet­ings as well as re­gional con­fer­ences.

The party said there were five mem­bers of the party from sev­eral re­gions who have vowed to chal­lenge the con­fer­ences in court.

Pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Deshi Ngxanga said those who were ap­proach­ing the courts had no leg to stand on.

The em­bat­tled mem­bers rep­re­sented by Mabuza At­tor­neys wrote a let­ter to the ANC stat­ing their in­ten­tion to ap­proach the high court to halt the branch gen­eral meet­ings and the re­gion’s con­fer­ences next month.

“On the is­sue of Mabuza At­tor­neys, we re­acted to the let­ter that was writ­ten to us and one of the rea­sons given on the let­ter was that we can­not con­tinue with the re­gional con­fer­ences be­cause they say their mem­bers will be prej­u­diced.

“We have wrote a let­ter to them that branch gen­eral meet­ings were yet to start, how do you pre­empt what was go­ing to hap­pen in those meet­ings?.

“In this in­stance they have not replied back to us as to why do they say their mem­bers will be prej­u­dice and they have not replied to our cor­re­spon­dence. I must also in­di­cate that the sec­re­tary gen­eral wrote a let­ter to them ask­ing that they should pro­vide rea­sons,” he said.

Ngxanga said should the rene­gades de­cide to go ahead with court pro­ceed­ings they would meet them there be­cause they be­lieved their pro­cesses were trans­par­ent.

“We con­sulted thor­oughly with the re­gions, I wrote a let­ter to the re­gions that in­spec­tions on branch gen­eral meet­ings should be done to en­sure that ev­ery­one was sat­is­fied.

“We are very op­ti­mistic, even if they go to court they do not have a leg to stand on,” he said.

The mem­bers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive Eric Mabuza, said the mem­bers wanted the court to also de­clare the eighth pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence of the party held in Coles­berg in May null and void be­cause of his clients unat­tended grievances.

“As you are aware, our clients have on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions be­fore and af­ter the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence which elected the cur­rent PEC com­plained in writ­ing and went on to de­scribe in great de­tail the ex­tent of the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties which oc­curred in the process lead­ing to the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence.

Mabuza said their clients were ag­grieved by the man­ner in which the PEC had con­ducted it­self fol­low­ing an in­struc­tion from Man­tashe re­gard­ing pend­ing con­fer­ences.

“We are re­quest­ing that the PEC un­der­take not to con­vene the pend­ing BGMs and re­gional con­fer­ences pend­ing a res­o­lu­tion of the dis­pute on its le­gal­ity, fail­ing which we are in­structed to ap­proach court on an ur­gent ba­sis to in­ter­dict the con­ven­ing of the BGMs and re­gional con­fer­ences as well as set aside the out­come of the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence,” Mabuza said.

Mean­while, Ngxanga said the ANC in the prov­ince was set to elect two for­mer min­is­ters and the premier back into lead­er­ship roles at the con­fer­ence.

Ngxanga said the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee had agreed that they needed to de­ploy tried and tested lead­ers to the na­tional level.

Ngxanga said they were go­ing to push for the re­de­ploy­ment of Tina Joe­matPet­ters­son, Dipuo Peters and Manne Dipico back to the lead­er­ship po­si­tions to strengthen the pres­ence of the North­ern Cape.

“As the PEC we agreed that the 197 mem­bers that we are send­ing to the elec­tive con­fer­ence need to pri­ori­tise to as­pect at the na­tional con­fer­ence.

“The first is the de­ploy­ment of com­rades from the prov­ince to serve on the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee,” the pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary said.

South African Demo­cratic Teach­ers Union deputy sec­re­tary Nkosana Dolopi was among the names con­sid­ered.

“So these are the com­rades that are go­ing to rep­re­sent us at the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, we are go­ing to sup­port them,” he said.

GENERIC PICTURE OF ANC:Mem­bers of African Na­tional Con­gress (ANC) Ap­plauds MEC Makoma Makhu­ru­petje(Photo by Ih­saan Haf­fe­jee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Im­ages)

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