Dis­si­dents out to have shake-up nul­li­fied

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DIS­GRUN­TLED ANC mem­bers in the Eastern Cape will on Tues­day ap­proach the Gra­ham­stown High Court in an at­tempt to nul­lify the re­cent pro­vin­cial cab­i­net shake-up.

They will bring an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion in an at­tempt to stop the reshuf­fle be­ing fully ef­fected.

On Thurs­day premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle an­nounced a reshuf­fle of his cab­i­net‚ which saw the ax­ing of four MECs who were sup­port­ing his cam­paign for chair­man­ship lead­ing up to last year’s pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence.

Late on Thurs­day, mem­bers of the party‚ through Wikus van Rens­burg At­tor­neys‚ de­manded that the premier not go through with the reshuf­fle‚ claim­ing that the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) that man­dated Ma­su­alle was not in good stand­ing.

In the let­ter‚ which was also copied to ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule‚ the at­tor­neys say they had been ap­proached by “con­cerned” ANC mem­bers who were del­e­gates at last year’s con­fer­ence that ended in violence.

The lawyers claim that the con­fer­ence col­lapsed and the PEC’s stand­ing is ques­tion­able, and the struc­ture should not be tak­ing any de­ci­sions as ANC in­ter­nal re­me­dial pro­cesses had not been ex­hausted.

Sub­se­quent to the con­fer­ence a team led by Sbu Nde­bele was es­tab­lished to probe its out­comes.

“The NEC has yet to de­bate the Nde­bele re­port and make a de­ci­sion,” the let­ter of de­mands says. “In the mean­time‚ the cur­rent PEC is mak­ing de­ci­sions‚ many of which are con­tro­ver­sial and have a far-reach­ing ef­fect not only for the ANC but also for the prov­ince.

“It is our client’s view that these de­ci­sions are null and void.”

The group will fur­ther bring a sec­ond ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion to com­pel the NEC to make a de­ci­sion on the Nde­bele re­port.

“In the event of the premier tak­ing fur­ther de­ci­sions on the in­struc­tions of the PEC‚ in­clud­ing the reshuf­fle of the cab­i­net‚ we hold in­struc­tions to bring an ap­pli­ca­tion to set those de­ci­sions aside.”

Van Rens­burg did not want to name his clients yes­ter­day.

Mean­while, ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Lu­lama Ngcukay­i­tobi said it was the coun­ter­rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies who sought to un­der­mine the ca­pac­ity of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary agenda, and the party would con­tinue with its or­gan­i­sa­tional tasks.

“These are just peo­ple hell-bent on do­ing ev­ery­thing and any­thing that seeks to un­der­mine the sta­bil­ity and unity of the ANC and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment mas­querad­ing as if they are spokesper­sons of branches,” he said. – Siphe Ma­canda and No­maz­ima Nkosi

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