Supporters for ANC accused protest
SOME ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal are revolting against the party’s decision that they should not support their comrades accused of killing other fellow members.
Yesterday the members defied the ruling party when they turned up at the Pietermaritzburg High Court to support a councillor who is implicated in a murder of a fellow party member, Msawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu.
ANC provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli had this week announced that the provincial executive committee (PEC) in KwaZulu-Natal banned party members from publicly supporting the murder accused.
He said such action would have negative impact on the reputation of the ANC.
“For anybody who persists on that, there would be consequences drawn from the Rule 25 of the ANC constitution because when the PEC takes the decision, it has to enforce those decisions otherwise the organisation will be paralysed,” said Ntuli.
The murder accused are Nkosinathi Gambu, a councillor at Msunduzi Municipality Ward 10, where Mchunu was killed in the hail of bullets at his home in May. His co-accused are Skhanyiso Zimu, Sfiso Mbelu, Mlungisi Zimu, Ayanda Ngubane and Gift Zungu. They appeared before Ashin Singh to apply for bail. They were arrested last month.
Mchunu’s supporters also protested outside the court. Ntuli had said only supporters of murder victims would be allowed to go to court because the ANC should always be on the side of justice “and must always be in favour of the victims”. A large group of police officers maintained a distance of 100m between Mchunu’s supporters, who were dressed in ANC T-shirts bearing President Cyril Ramaphosa’s face, and rivals who were most in non-party T-shirts with pictures of Gambu’s face.
Some of the placards displayed read: “Don’t sabotage Gambu. Find guilty people and hands off from innocent Gambu and our brothers.”
The accused’s supporters vowed to continue going to court to show support for their comrades.
The ANC Women’s League secretary in Moses Mabhida Region, Thandi Zungu, said: “We want the ANC to take action against leaders who are involved in killing comrades.
“The provincial secretary has issued a ban, now we want it enforced because they are people who came to support the accused,” she said.