Chair­per­son tried to stab me, says poo-fighter

ANC suc­ces­sion bat­tle takes a vi­cious turn in W Cape

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - KHAYA KOKO AND MAY­I­BONGWE MAQHINA

THE sim­mer­ing suc­ces­sion bat­tle within the ANC ahead of its elec­tive conference in De­cem­ber, has taken a turn for the worse with one leader ac­cus­ing an­other of try­ing to stab him with a knife over a dis­agree­ment in a meet­ing.

Things came to a head at the ANC’s West­ern Cape provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) meet­ing when a mem­ber and Ses’khona leader Andile Lili took on act­ing chair­per­son Khaya Ma­gaxa and ac­cused him of “try­ing to stab” him af­ter the gath­er­ing on Sun­day.

Ses’khona is an in­fa­mous West­ern Cape move­ment that threw fae­ces in public spa­ces in protest in what they felt was West­ern Cape Premier He­len Zille’s fail­ure to pro­vide ser­vices to the city’s im­pov­er­ished town­ships.

Lili said Ma­gaxa be­came vi­o­lent with him af­ter he ob­jected to his at­tempts to re­verse the de­ci­sion to dis­solve the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (REC) of the Dul­lah Omar re­gion, which has the big­gest ANC mem­ber­ship in the prov­ince.

The re­gion, which was dis­banded last month, is now con­trolled by lead­ers be­lieved to be sup­port­ing Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, af­ter Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s term ends.

Zuma and the ANC of­fi­cials led the del­e­ga­tion of the party’s na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee, which de­scended on the prov­ince at the week­end and read the riot act to its lead­ers in the face of in­ter­nal strife.

The pres­i­dent also led a del­e­ga­tion to Kim­berly in the North­ern Cape the pre­vi­ous week­end.

Ramaphosa’s sup­port­ers be­lieve there was a strong push to dis­band the West­ern Cape and North­ern Cape re­gions be­cause of their sup­port for him.

Lili said he called Ma­gaxa “to or­der” over his pro­posal. “The ma­jor­ity had agreed in the PEC that we can­not re­verse the de­ci­sion to dis­band the Dul­lah Omar REC. Khaya was push­ing for the re­con­sti­tu­tion.

“I also told him that the SACP has no num­bers in the prov­ince and if it wanted to con­test the elec­tions on its own, as the SACP has said, they would not win. That is why he got an­gry. I told him that in front of the (top six) of­fi­cials and the ANC’s NWC,” Lili said.

“Khaya ran to his car af­ter the meet­ing and came back like a head­less chicken, ask­ing peo­ple where I was.”

Lili added that Ma­gaxa came back roughly “20 to 30 min­utes later with his hand in his pocket” and asked him to re­peat what he had said in the meet­ing to his face.

“I re­peated what I said to him and asked him: ‘What have I done to you other than tell you how you were sup­posed to run the meet­ing?’

“There was noth­ing sin­is­ter about me cor­rect­ing him in a meet­ing sit­u­a­tion. But he saw that as an at­tack on him, hence he wanted to stab me. I also stood up and wanted to re­spond, but un­for­tu­nately he moved back. I was then asked by com­rades to leave the venue.”

But Ma­gaxa con­demned Lili for these ac­cu­sa­tions, say­ing he could not com­ment on a “fac­tional story” that did not hap­pen in his pres­ence.

Ma­gaxa is also the sec­re­tary of the West­ern Cape SACP and was re­cently elected to the party’s cen­tral com­mit­tee at its na­tional congress this month.

“The Dul­lah Omar is­sue is not for dis­cus­sion at our (PEC) level. It’s the na­tional lead­er­ship that will ul­ti­mately de­cide what should hap­pen on that mat­ter. When the de­ci­sion (to dis­band Dul­lah Omar) hap­pened, I was not even pre­sent in that meet­ing,” Ma­gaxa said.

“Lastly, all I know is that Lili is phys­i­cally chal­lenged and fight­ing with him wouldn’t be fair – let alone stab­bing him. I can’t even use my hands on the guy, oth­er­wise I would be or­gan­is­ing a jail term for my­self.”

The tus­sle in the West­ern Cape emerged as the ANC Women’s League launched an at­tack on an­other pres­i­den­tial hope­ful, Lindiwe Sisulu, over which fe­male can­di­date was suit­able to re­place Zuma. Yes­ter­day, the ANCWL came out guns blaz­ing against Sisulu, ac­cus­ing her of “pop­ulism and op­por­tunism”.

This was af­ter the hu­man set­tle­ments min­is­ter launched a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign at the week­end and hav­ing re­port­edly said on Mon­day that the league was un­demo­cratic for favour­ing for­mer AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma over her.

“I think it is wrong for them to say that. It is not only wrong, it is also un­demo­cratic. Any can­di­date nom­i­nated by the branches can go to the ANC conference and stand for the po­si­tion,” Sisulu was quoted as say­ing.

ANCWL sec­re­tary-gen­eral Meokgo Matuba hit back at Sisulu, say­ing they had noted with dis­dain the re­port at­trib­uted to her.

“The ar­ti­cle pur­ports com­rade Lindiwe be­ing ag­grieved by the de­ci­sion taken by the duly con­sti­tuted ex­tended NEC (na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee) meet­ing of the ANCWL… to the ex­tent where she la­bels the ANCWL as un­demo­cratic,” she said.

In a veiled at­tack on Sisulu, Matuba warned against “pol­i­tics of pop­ulism and op­por­tunism”.

“Per­sua­sion, not char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion and la­belling or name-call­ing must be en­cour­aged, in par­tic­u­lar by those with a de­sire to lead.

“The masses still need the ANC be­yond the 2017 na­tional elec­tive conference,” she added.

He saw it as an at­tack on him and wanted to stab me with a knife

‘RI­VALS’: Lindiwe Sisulu and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the ANC’s Na­tional Gen­eral Coun­cil in Midrand in 2015.

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