BGM pa­pers ‘forged’

ANCYL leader ad­mits to flee­ing with doc­u­ments

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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.

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