More ANC councillor squabble pickets at Luthuli House

2021-Sep-14   05:09

More ANC councillor squabble pickets at Luthuli House Source: Silver Sibiya/Newsnote

- Silver Sibiya

African National Congress (ANC) members from some wards in Gauteng and Mpumalanga picketed outside the party's headquarters, Luthuli House in Johannesburg, to protest the party’s candidate lists.

The members also marched to the Gauteng provincial legislature to voice their concerns.

Representing 20 wards from Mpumalanga, Themba Mpila, appealed to ANC head of electoral committee, Kgalema Motlanthe, to intervene and discipline members who are violating ANC rules.

“They printed posters, they were moving around with them, showing all voters who to vote for and they were interfering through the process of voting and influencing voters as they were to put their ticks,” Mpila said.

Isaac Lekgema from Ward 26 in Sedibeng in Gauteng claimed that he was elected to be the councillor candidate, but his name was removed from the final list presented to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

“On the 20th of August we went to a public meeting. I came out victorius and I was elected. The community decided I must lead them. I was surprised when the final list came. I inquried and said that is not my name,” he said.

Lekgema also showed Newsnote documents that he said proved his case.

Deputy Chairperson of Ward 79 in Ekurhuleni, Walter Legonyi, accused ANC Provincial Executive Council members of interfering in councillor candidate choices.

The local government elections will be held on 1 November.

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