NW infighting report back to haunt the ANC
AN INTERNAL ANC report into the infighting among its leaders in North West ahead of 2009 general elections has come back to haunt the party.
The report - authored more than two years ago by a team comprising ANC national working committee (NWC) members and national executive committee (NEC) members - has been lying idle while the problems identified in it have led to disruptive power struggles that pose a serious risk to the party's future in the province.
It is understood that ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe was tasked with acting on the outcomes of the report but had failed to do so.
Two sources, who were present at this week's meeting in Mahikeng, said a team of NWC members, led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Mantashe, acknowledged that they had not acted on the report and promised to do so soon.
"The secretary-general and NWC members acknowledged the report but said they did not act because Cope (Congress of the People) was still new and they thought they would lose members to that party," said one of the sources, a senior provincial official.
"I don't understand why it took them this long to actually do anything about the contents of the report because many of the problems we are facing now could have been dealt with back then."
The other source, also a provincial executive committee member, said: "Anger was directed at certain national leaders by people who wanted the report to form part of the agenda at the meeting."
The report paints regional executive structures as lacking independence and accuses them of conducting themselves "according to the instructions of the PEC, in particular the provincial secretary".
Supra Mahumapelo, the current provincial chairman, was the secretary then.
The report raised the issue of faction-riddled branches, paralysed parallel branches and claimed that patronage was dispensed through employment in municipalities. The report also included allegations of Cope members "sabotaging and submerging" ANC activities.
ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu yesterday refused to confirm or deny that the party had discussed the report. - firstname.lastname@example.org