The African National Congress (ANC) Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) of the North West says it will take action against leaders found to have changed the party's candidate lists for the upcoming local government elections.
This follows claims by some ANC members in parts of the province that individuals they rejected during list conferences somehow made it to the top at the expense of those preferred by branches and communities.
IPC coordinator, Hlomani Chauke, said disciplinary proceedings have already been instituted against implicated individuals.
“This new process that the ANC has embarked on, we believe that it was supposed to be a corruption-free process. But we still have elements that want to take chances and distort the outcome of the communities. We are dealing with that very suavely so. We are packaging a number of comrades that we want to take to the disciplinary committee who have in fact misrepresented the views of the people,” Chauke said.
“Out of the 403 wards, it is only the 16 wards that we had not filled up candidates at, when the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) closed the date. But all other wards had candidates coming from different communities, at the level of ward councilors. We are very happy that there is an opening again at the IEC, affording us the opportunity to correct where things had gone wrong, and we have accepted the challenges and attending to them. We will all be happy with the outcome,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced that South Africans will vote for their preferred municipal councilors on 1 November. The election date will be proclaimed on 20 September after the registration weekend scheduled for Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September.