Fum­ing 11 told to await ANC an­swer

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The ANC “in­ter­vened” on Mon­day and stopped dis­grun­tled for­mer ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers (NEC) from re­spond­ing to al­le­ga­tions lev­elled at them by EFF leader Julius Malema.

The party de­nied that the 11 ANC women’s league mem­bers who re­signed dur­ing the late strug­gle icon Win­nie Madik­ize­laMan­dela’s ten­ure as pres­i­dent of the league, re­signed be­cause she was a “crim­i­nal”, as al­leged by Malema. The party said in­stead that the res­ig­na­tions were over “rifts” within the league.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, where the women were ex­pected to re­spond to the al­le­ga­tions, deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte, head of elec­tions Fik­ile Mbalula and cur­rent ANCWL sec­re­tary-gen­eral Meokgo Matuba ad­dressed the me­dia in­stead.

With­out men­tion­ing Malema by name, Duarte said the al­le­ga­tions were “spu­ri­ous”. “We didn’t think it was ap­pro­pri­ate for them as se­nior cadres of this move­ment to de­fend them­selves,” she said. The women were said to be fum­ing over Malema’s claims that have dom­i­nated so­cial me­dia.

Mbalula con­firmed that some of the lead­ers whose names had been posted on so­cial me­dia had ap­proached the or­gan­i­sa­tion. “The or­gan­i­sa­tion ad­vised that it is not ad­vis­able at this pe­riod while we’re still mourn­ing to be speak­ing in­di­vid­u­ally about all sorts of ac­cu­sa­tions that will be made, and as­per­sions on in­di­vid­u­als. But it does not mean that the ANC will not re­spond on those is­sues at an ap­pro­pri­ate mo­ment,” Mbalula added.


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