We don’t know who voted what, says Kodwa

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ANC KZN spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli said ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe and the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to lead the process of iden­ti­fy­ing those who went against the party’s de­ci­sion.

He said Man­tashe had given “in­struc­tions” to the ANC cau­cus hours be­fore the vote took place, telling MPs to re­ject the mo­tion.

“The NEC must lead all of us in this re­gard be­cause we have done our part with MPs who are be­hav­ing like Makhosi Khoza. Gaut­eng has done its part to call Mondli Gun­gubele to or­der,” said Ntuli.

How­ever, ANC na­tional spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa dis­missed re­ports of a witch-hunt.

“It was a se­cret bal­lot; we don’t know who voted what. A se­cret bal­lot is about ex­er­cis­ing your own right.”

He said the gov­ern­ing party would not re­spond to “leagues and fac­tions” be­cause they were an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Our sub­mis­sion to the Speaker was: ‘We will sup­port any de­ci­sion you take, se­cret or not’.”

Act­ing SACP spokesper­son Mh­lekwa Nx­u­malo said that in­stead of go­ing on a witch-hunt to find out who voted against the party, the ANC should work harder at en­sur­ing there was unity.

Nx­u­malo’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by Cosatu pres­i­dent S’dumo Dlamini, who also warned against track­ing down those who had voted against Zuma.

“The ANC must look into this mat­ter with­out emo­tions. There should be no witch-hunt.

“The party needs to face the per­cep­tion and re­al­ity that they are not united and work at fix­ing that.” – Additional re­port­ing by Te­bogo Monama

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