TENSIONS in the ANC have continued to cause friction as two branches from Limpopo yesterday descended on Luthuli House in Johannesburg to present their demands to the party’s top executive.
The branches demand that two senior leaders from the region – who were implicated in the VBS scandal – be reinstated.
Provincial ANC deputy chairperson and former Vhembe district municipality mayor Florence Radzilani, as well as provincial treasurer Danny Msiza, were reportedly axed from office last year – just a few months after being elected onto the provincial executive committee.
It is thought that Msiza allegedly received more than R1.5 million paid to a company he and his wife headed.
In December last year, the pair stepped down from their positions in the provincial ANC, stating that Msiza had “accepted” a decision by the ANC’s national working committee that “he must step aside until his name was cleared”.
Radzilani, who has maintained her innocence, was sworn in as a member of the provincial legislature (MPL) in May.
ANC Limpopo Peter Mokaba branch spokesperson Jimmy Machaka yesterday said: “We demand comrade Florence Radzilani, who was duly elected as the deputy chairperson of the ANC Limpopo, together with Danny Msiza, who was elected as the provincial treasurer, come back into office.”
Machaka said the two leaders were told to leave without having undergone a proper disciplinary process.
“They were told to vacate office without having undergone a proper charge from the ANC, despite the integrity committee saying they brought the organisation into dispute,” he said.
They also demand that the ANC be consistent in dealing with matters of discipline. “If any member has committed any misconduct, you have six months to subject that member to a disciplinary hearing, which to date, the ANC has not done,” Machaka added.
John Mpe, regional chairperson of Peter Mokaba and mayor of Capricorn District, said: “It is only in Limpopo where mayors were removed.”
He claimed more officials were set to be purged. “We are saying to them: hands off our majors. Hands off the mayor of Mohala Koena,” he said.
He warned that the branch would not allow the province to be undermined by the ruling party any longer.
“What is it about Limpopo, even after measures with comrade (Stan) Mathabatha leading the collective to show that they are disciplined members of the ANC?” he asked.
He encouraged members to be patient as they did not know how long the matter would take until their demands were met. “We want you to know that when we go back home, ke mozabalaza waya waya (the struggle must continue),” he said.
Meanwhile, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who was among other leaders who accepted the memorandum of demands, said: “We are dealing with this matter. It has received the attention of the integrity commission...”
It is not yet clear, however, when the integrity commission will report back to the national top six.
By LUNGILE MATSUMA firstname.lastname@example.org
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