BGM papers ‘forged’
ANCYL leader admits to fleeing with documents
AN ANC Youth League member was furious when he saw local party leaders allegedly forging documents to ensure Nkosazana DlaminiZuma would be nominated for party leader by their branch.
So he snatched the papers from them and ran away.
Mbekeni Dayi, an ANCYL regional leader in the Lower South Coast, openly admits grabbing the documents following Sunday’s “rigged” Ward 5 branch general meeting (BGM)
“These documents should not be used to declare DlaminiZuma a winner but rather as proof of voterigging,” he said.
ANC leaders in the area had declared DlaminiZuma their favoured candidate following Sunday’s BGM.
According to Dayi, party leaders had on the day of the meeting called a community gathering where local residents were asked to sign some documents.
“It turned out that the documents were actually BGM attendence registers. What makes it even more appalling is that most of the people who were being asked to sign where not even ANC members,” he said.
After collecting the signatures, branch leaders allegedly went to the venue of the BGM — Olwandle High School in Gamalakhe — where DlaminiZuma was declared the winner.
“When we pointed out the irregularities at the meeting we were simply ignored,” Diya said.
The following day, Diya said he confronted the branch chairperson, Pat Njakazi, and the branch secretary at a car workshop where he had found the duo “forging” the BGM documents.
“I confronted them and when they could not give me a suitable explanation as to what they were doing with the BGM pack, I grabbed the documents and drove away,” he said.
When called for comment, Njakazi yesterday pretended to be someone else, saying he was being mistaken for the Ward 5 branch chairperson.
Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane, who was an observer at the BGM, conceded that voting material had gone missing but denied that it was the entire pack.
“I can confirm that the branch leadership has informed me that the national conference BGM roll had been stolen. I’m busy compiling a report on the matter,” he said.
DlaminiZuma’s Ward 5 branch win will be considered invalid if the roll is not recovered.
Allegations of irregularities in nomination processes in several ANC branches across KwaZuluNatal have emerged as the race to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader reaches fever pitch.
According to the latest statistics released by supporters of the Cyril Ramaphosa faction, DlaminiZuma has so far been endorsed by 19 Lower South Coast branches compared to 16 that have voted for him.
ANC regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi confirmed the statistics.
“It is true that she is leading. However, I must add that several branches have also lodged complaints after processes were not followed during BGMs,” he said.
The branch nomination processes, which began last month, close on Wednesday.
According to the ANC Provincial Executive Committee, 60% of branches across the province have so far concluded their BGMs.
While DlaminiZuma appear to be enjoying overwhelming support in branches across KZN, unofficial statistics indicate that Ramaphosa is leading nationally.