‘Those people are not from our ward’: unhappy Mpumalanga ANC member
A Mpumalanga branch secretary has told TimesLIVE of his shock‚ when arriving at the ANC elective conference at Nasrec on Saturday‚ to find a delegate list he believes is rigged to favour certain presidential hopefuls.
Ikageng Branch Ward 7's general secretary‚ Dumisani Masina‚ claimed the branch delegate list is fraudulent.
Masina said Ikageng Branch Ward 7 had taken a resolution not to attend the national conference but when they went to verify the candidate lists on Saturday they discovered that their branch is participating in the conference.
He claims the names contained on their branch list are of individuals from other wards who openly support one of the candidates running for the ANC president position.
"We came to the conference to verify whether the branch is not participating. To our surprise we found there were candidates‚ delegates‚ that were in our ward. Those people are not from our ward‚ we don't know them‚" Masina said.
"We have asked the regional secretary and the provincial secretary about this matter‚ they could not answer."
"We have informed the secretary general of the ANC and he has referred us back to the regional office‚" said Masina.
Senior ANC officials were spotted at UJ Soweto assessing some of the complaints brought by party members from different branches.
As the ANC’s national policy conference kicks off in Gauteng, the party leadership race between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa has intensified.
"What I suspect is that our regional secretary is with the NDZ camp and our branch mandate was CR17.
"These are some of the things that make us uncomfortable with the way they are running the conference‚" said Masina.
When approached for comment ANC spokeswoman Khusela Sangoni said questions should be directed to provincial officials.
Similar allegations were contained in a high court application brought by presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa‚ via his campaign manager ‚ Ronalo "Ronnie" Malomane.
Malomane alleged that branch delegate lists were compiled irregularly and that some branch members were barred from attending meetings. He also took issue with the fact that over 200 delegates had nominated "unity" as a candidate instead of selecting one of those running for president of the party.
Malomane withdrew his urgent case on Tuesday following an agreement with the ANC that the allegations would be investigated.