MEC in hot wa­ter

ANC sum­mons On­nica Moloi to ex­plain her al­leged mis­con­duct She blasts se­nior lead­ers and an­nounces res­ig­na­tion on so­cial me­dia Lek­ganyane says Moloi fails to ex­hibit in­tegrity and high moral stand­ing

African Times - - Front Page - MASHUDU SADIKE AND PIET RAMPEDI

LIM­POPO Sports MEC On­nica Moloi is in hot wa­ter for al­leged mis­con­duct, be­lit­tling ANC de­ploy­ment and un­der­min­ing the party’s so­cial stand­ing.

Provincial Sec­re­tary Soviet Lek­ganyane says he will sum­mon Moloi to the party’s provincial head­quar­ters, Frans Mohlala, to ex­plain why she pub­licly de­nounced the “so-called blue lights” and an­nounced her al­leged res­ig­na­tion as MEC on so­cial me­dia over the week­end.

He de­scribed the for­mer ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader’s be­hav­ior as dis­ap­point­ing and de­void of in­tegrity for a leader of a party whose fore­bears – such as Nelson Man­dela, Lil­ian Ngoyi and Char­lotte Max­eke - were his­tor­i­cally known for their high moral and so­cial stand­ing.

It’s not clear what trig­gered Moloi’s out­burst, but sources say it could have been caused by a bit­ter fall out with se­nior ANC lead­ers that she blames for her fail­ure to be elected onto the provincial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the party’s 9th elec­tive con­fer­ence held in Polok­wane at the week­end.

In a Face­book post, Moloi wrote that: “Dear Masana Bish­ops don’t worry; we will send our res­ig­na­tion let­ters and hand over your so called ‘blue lights’ by Fri­day to make your job easy. We didn’t join the ANC for Blue lights.” Her ac­count was later de­ac­ti­vated.

Masana is the name of a lodge in Polok­wane where most cau­cuses of the ANC lead­ers in the Peter Mok­aba re­gion were held ahead of the provincial con­fer­ence. While she did not men­tion the “Masana Bish­ops” by names, sources claimed she was re­fer­ring to Lek­ganyane, Lim­popo ANC trea­surer Danny Msiza and Capricorn Dis­trict Mayor John Mpe.

Two sources, in­clud­ing a PEC mem­ber, say Moloi al­legedly be­lieves the trio or­ches­trated her ex­clu­sion from the pow­er­ful body that runs the af­fairs of the ANC in Lim­popo, thus weak­en­ing her po­lit­i­cally and mak­ing her vul­ner­a­ble to a cabi­net reshuf­fle.

Lek­ganyane told African Times on Tues­day night that the ANC took se­ri­ous ex­cep­tion to Moloi’s con­duct.

“The phrase so-called blue light is be­lit­tling. You can’t be­lit­tle a de­ploy­ment. You know de­ploy­ment is a recog­ni­tion of the high­est or­der be­cause the peo­ple of Lim­popo said, we think you can be some­thing here. If you think you have served it’s enough, you call a press con­fer­ence and say to us, I want to thank you so much,” Lek­ganyane said.

“So, we will still as the ANC es­tab­lish the con­text un­der which such state­ments were made with­out be­ing judg­men­tal of course. We will re­quest the com­rade to the of­fice, the com­rade will ex­plain, maybe she has a point.”

With­out get­ting into the mer­its and de­mer­its of Moloi’s case, Lek­ganyane says it’s im­por­tant for lead­ers to not suc­cumb to so­cial me­dia “frenzy and ex­cite­ment” and end us say­ing things that will come back to haunt them.

“The be­hav­iour of the com­rade, I don’t think it has been bet­ter un­der the cir­cum­stances. If you re­mem­ber, there was a video that went vi­ral where she was telling some­one that they were ex­er­cis­ing and the bums of some peo­ple re­mained loose while those of oth­ers were tight. So, it just shows how dan­ger­ous that space can be,” Lek­ganyane added.

“There is no way we can’t be dis­ap­pointed as the ANC be­cause our or­gan­i­sa­tion, his­tor­i­cally, is an or­gan­i­sa­tion of high moral ap­ti­tude, an or­gan­i­sa­tion of rep­u­ta­tion. You can look at the pic­tures of Nelson Man­dela, Wal­ter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo. You have never seen Tambo wear­ing shots in any pho­tos. The women who led the ANC, your Lil­ian Ngoyi and Char­lotte Max­eke, have al­ways been women of im­pec­ca­ble record of high moral and so­cial stand­ing. I think we must never lose sight of that.”

Lek­ganyane, how­ever, says he is not aware of Moloi’s al­leged res­ig­na­tion.

“It has not come to our at­ten­tion as the African Na­tional Congress. I don’t know if the premier’s of­fice knows about it. But there is one thing we must con­demn. A leader of the ANC must ex­hibit in­tegrity.”

Lim­popo Premier Stan Matha­batha Spokesper­son Kenny Ma­tivha says while Moloi in­sists she has re­signed, he is treat­ing it as a ru­mour un­til a let­ter to that af­fect can be seen.

“We can’t con­firm out of cer­tainty be­cause when you re­sign from the ex­ec­u­tive there are sev­eral pro­cesses we have to go with and you have to in­di­cate whether you are re­sign­ing from be­ing an MEC or from be­ing a mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture or from be­ing a mem­ber of the ANC so to us that is still a ru­mour,” said Mathivha.

“She says that she has sent a let­ter to the Premier, but un­der­stand­ing that the Premier has not been to the of­fice be­cause of the heavy sched­ule of the con­fer­ence. Part of it can­not be pro­cessed if in­deed there is a let­ter within this week be­cause we are deal­ing with the funeral of Mama Joyce Mashamba and not with res­ig­na­tions.”

Moloi could not be reached for com­ment as her phone rang unan­swered. Her spokesper­son, Moloko Moloto, re­fused to com­ment cit­ing un­re­solved is­sues with African Times.

“We have taken a de­ci­sion that we are not go­ing to be co­op­er­at­ing with you guys be­cause your news­pa­per has been very un­fair on us. So we are no longer go­ing to be com­ment­ing with your news­pa­per in par­tic­u­lar and I have ad­vised the MEC as her spokesper­son not to give you a com­ment,” said Moloto.

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela /

Lom­popo Sports MEC Onicca Moloi is in hot wa­ter for al­leged mis­con­duct, be­lit­tling ANC de­ploy­ment and un­der­min­ing the party’s so­cial stand­ing.

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela / Vis­ual Buzz S

SUM­MONED: Lim­popo Sports MEC On­nica Moloi

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela / Vis­ual Buzz

DIS­AP­POINTED: Lim­popo ANC sec­re­tary Soviet Lek­ganyane Photo: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela/Vis­ual Buzz SA

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