SACP in bid to re­in­state MEC

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MOLAOLE MONTSHO

THE SACP in North West wants the ANC to re­verse the de­ci­sion to fire its provin­cial sec­re­tary Madoda Sam­batha as an MEC, the party said yes­ter­day.

“We will be en­gag­ing the ANC to en­sure that they re­verse the de­ci­sion on the dis­missal of com­rade Sam­batha from exco (ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil). We will also en­gage the rest of the al­liance struc­tures re­gard­ing our po­si­tion,” said provin­cial spokesper­son Smuts Mat­she.

The North West pre­mier fired Sam­batha as Pub­lic Works and Roads MEC on June 1 on charges re­lat­ing to the il­le­gal sale of state land.

Mat­she said pol­i­tics in North West had been de­fined by a per­son­al­ity cult and ma­nip­u­la­tion of pro­cesses aimed at self-serv­ing in­ter­ests.

“The prov­ince has reached the high­est pos­si­ble level of fac­tion­al­ism where the demo­cratic move­ment ap­pears to have been re­placed by a very pow­er­ful fac­tion. Nom­i­na­tions to pub­lic of­fice are be­ing done along fac­tional lines and in re­turn pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives are com­pelled to al­ways serve the agenda of a fac­tion…”

Mat­she said the dis­missal of the out­spo­ken sec­re­tary was planned im­me­di­ately after his ap­point­ment in 2014.

“It is pub­lic knowl­edge that the process to get rid of com­rade Sam­batha at some stage in­volved a planned in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the former Hawks head Gen­eral Bern­ing Ntle­meza.

“The ini­tia­tive was part of a na­tional plan to dis­credit and deal with com­mu­nists, with Sam­batha be­ing the first tar­get. It is in­ter­est­ing that com­rade Sam­batha was dis­missed shortly after the court had ruled on Gen­eral Ntle­meza’s ap­point­ment, hence this route of false ac­cu­sa­tion.”

In May last year, there were re­ports that the Hawks were tar­get­ing SACP mem­bers, with Sam­batha the first tar­get.

Mat­she dis­missed the rea­sons given to fire Sam­batha as dis­hon­est and mis­lead­ing.

“The fact is that Com­rade Sam­batha never sold any land as sug­gested by the ANC and the pre­mier. In­stead, the is­sue is more around the re­zon­ing of a prop­erty that was bought while com­rade Sam­batha (at that time) was work­ing for NUM (Na­tional Union of Minework­ers). It would, there­fore, not be pos­si­ble for com­rade Sam­batha to sell land while he is out­side gov­ern­ment or­gan­is­ing minework­ers.

“Com­rade Sam­batha signed for a trans­ac­tion to stop the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works from pay­ing prop­erty rates for a prop­erty that is owned by a pri­vate in­di­vid­ual.”

He added that the SACP sup­ported a prin­ci­ple that an ANC deputy pres­i­dent should be the next pres­i­dent – in this case, Cyril Ramaphosa.

A sec­tion in the ANC wants former AU chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to suc­ceed Ja­cob Zuma as the pres­i­dent of the ANC, while Cosatu and SACP want Ramaphosa.

The ANC Women’s League in North West on Sun­day en­dorsed Dlamini Zuma as their pre­ferred can­di­date.

ANCWL deputy pres­i­dent Sesi Ntombela told a con­fer­ence in Broed­er­stroom near Brits that it was the turn for a woman to lead the ANC.

The ANCWL North West branch dis­missed claims that Sam­batha was axed after the SACP pro­nounce­ment on its pre­ferred ANC leader. – ANA

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