Dissidents out to have shake-up nullified
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