The ANC is facing an uphill battle as it tries to consolidate candidates lists for the November local government elections.
Members from different branches claim the candidate lists are not a true reflection of the outcomes of branch general meetings as well as community gatherings. The aggrieved party members are accusing party leaders of imposing candidates on them.
“The party is choosing councillors for us and expect that we vote for people we don’t know. We will not accept people to choose councillors for us,” said Kate Modika, an ANC member from Sososhanguve.
Some residents in Soshanguve have expressed dissatisfaction with the candidates lists. In a video that Newsnote has seen residents rejected some ward candidates on the list. When the group is questioned on what they expected from the ward councillor candidates, the group is heard shouting "we don’t want them”.
In Ga-Rankuwa north of Pretoria, some ANC members have also rejected ward candidates lists.
Over the weekend three ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal were gunned down when they were attending a branch general meeting to resolve ward candidate selection issues.
The governing party was given a lifeline when the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) reopened the candidate submission process until 20 September after the ANC failed to register candidates in 93 municipalities.
The ANC forged ahead with the candidate nomination process again despite a pending court application by the DA challenging the reopening of the candidate lists.