Turning his attention to KwaZulu-Natal, Mbeki relayed an incident that took place last year.
“Late last year, after the local government elections, somebody sent me a voice note. The person was a comrade from Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal. He said we (the ANC) did not campaign for the local government elections in Newcastle because the IFP approached us and said don’t campaign, and we agreed and cooperated with them.
“He mentions the name of a particularly popular comrade in Newcastle. The IFP asked him not to campaign and he didn’t. The comrade said the reason why we took this position is because of the quality of our leadership in this area.”
The man gave Mbeki an example of when the municipal council was constituted by the ANC.
“On the pay roll of the municipal council in Newcastle it had izinkabi (hitmen). It was retaining the municipal council professional murderers, paying them every month.
“The man said we are led in the ANC by somebody who is a criminal and that’s why we did not campaign because we were handing over power to someone wearing ANC T-shirts who is a criminal.”
Mbeki was shocked by the message and followed up on the matter in KwaZulu-Natal.
He said they told himt: “How does it come about that we get movement structures led by people of that kind?”
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