New OR Tambo ANC flexes its muscles
THE ANC's new OR Tambo regional leadership wants provincial executive committee members deployed to the region to be sent elsewhere.
This is because of what they described as a contribution to destabilising the region.
This was resolved during the region's elective conference in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, at the weekend.
The conference saw the "forces-of-change" group clinching victory in the top five positions and the additional members on the regional executive committee (REC).
Regional chairman Thandekile Sabisa and secretary Jackson Sabona retained their positions.
On Sunday night, after the announcement of the additional members to the newly elected structure, OR Tambo regional members resolved that due to conflict of interest and "organisation destabilisation caused by these members on their course of organisation work" that they must not be deployed in OR Tambo.
The region has been at loggerheads with some Provincial executive committee (PEC) members for some time. They have accused the PEC of creating confusion and destabilisation in the region.
According to an internal party source, the three PEC members targeted are Nomakhosazana Meth, Thandi Sokhanyile and former PEC detachment convener Phumelele Ndamase.
Along with other members of the PEC, the three had earlier been accused of being instrumental in the creation of the "demon of parellism" in ANC branches. But provincial ANC spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane said it remains the "prerogative of the PEC to deploy leaders to various regions".
"The PEC is the highest decision-making body in the province whose leadership is accountable [to a provincial] conference and PEC structures," he said.
He said the PEC had yet to receive a report about the conference so that "we can examine each and every detail, including special resolution. We are mindful that the conference did not have commissions where resolutions, in terms of ANC culture and tradition, are drawn from".
The executive has also been assigned to lobby the Eastern Cape government to open a fund to give education support to all the dependants of the murdered Lonmin mineworkers.
Thirty of the 34 miners who were murdered last Thursday are from Eastern Cape and most of them are from OR Tambo.
Two of the miners, Thobile Mpumza of Gugwini village in Mount Ayliff and Mvuyisi Pato of Mbobeni village in Bizana, were buried last weekend.
Other major resolutions taken on Sunday night include:
Full implementation of the Nhlapo Commission recommendations which would see the province's chiefs reduced from six to three.
The REC has been tasked to do a follow-up on the investigation of manipulation of local government election lists in 2011.
OR Tambo was one of the areas most affected by the manipulation of party lists, which saw members taking the party to court.
Members accused some PEC members of putting friends and families first at the expense of democratically elected candidates.
Sabona said: "We want them to be exposed, disciplined and the new national leadership that will be coming in to release a report detailing what actually happened in the list manipulation."
Meanwhile, the PEC detachment led by Ndamase has been relieved of its duties after the election of the new regional leadership.
Provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle confirmed that the PEC detachment would no longer operate in the region but said that the provincial leadership would continue supporting the region where needed.