ANC members decry 'imposed' Tshwane councillor candidates

2021-Oct-12   08:23

ANC members decry 'imposed' Tshwane councillor candidates Source: Silver Sibiya/Newsnote

- Silver Sibiya

Some African National Congress (ANC) members claim they were denied access to a meeting in Irene between the party's Deputy President, David Mabuza, and Tshwane ANC structures that discussed the party's councillor candidate list. 

There have been several protests over the party’s candidate list. On Monday one of the members from Ward 23 in Tshwane, who requested to remain anonymous, warned that the ANC would lose votes in some wards of Tshwane. 

“We lost the city in 2016. In 2011 the same thing happened. Even though we’ve got evidence to say this person was not elected or nominated in the right manner, they just ignore that,” he said.

The ANC member said the ANC didn’t act on the 2011 report by Nationwl Executive Committee (NEC) member, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, which looked into alleged irregularities in that year's municipal elections candidate lists.

Another ANC member, Betty Mashifane, says the party selected tainted individuals.

“You can see this lady [pointing to a woman standing next to her], she was insulted by the candidate councilor calling her by her private parts.  We have a case as we speak,” Mashifane said.

“They must come and tell us why the person they’ve elected in Ward 23. How did it come about?,” she said. 

Simon Matlala from Ward 27 said some members were denied the right to vote for their preferred candidates.

“The biggest VD has been denied the right to vote, not even a single person voted there,” Matlala said.

Mabuza was accompanied by ANC Electoral Committee chairperson, Kgalema Motlanthe and National Elections Team members.



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