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ANC branches struggling to form quorums

By Hlengiwe Nhlabathi Political Reporter | Oct 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

THE ANC's Gauteng leadership will intervene in branches of which meetings have on a several occasions failed to quorate. This comes amid fears that lobby groups are using the opportunity to influence members.

A number of Gauteng branches were struggling to attract enough members for branch general meetings, with fingers being pointed at a lack of transport. This further delays a crucial process that could see them being excluded from sending delegates to the electoral congress in December.

The nominations process for the leadership contests in Mangaung, Free State, will be closed at the end of next month, with the provincial leaders giving assurance that all problems will have been resolved by then.

Sowetan understands that what caused confusion, as with some branches in Alexandra, was an overlapping of membership between the ANC and National Freedom Party.

Out of about four branches that sat in the area this weekend, only two quorated - both of which nominated Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe - including that of provincial chairman Paul Mashatile.

Two others, including that of Deputy Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela and ANCYL Gauteng chairman Lebogang Maile, had problems drawing enough members to form a quorum.

ANC provincial spokesman Nkeke Kekana said a high-powered leadership will be deployed to address problems in some branches.

Other issues were that of security and the long wait that leads to members abandoning meetings and going back home.

He said the intervention was to ensure that branches did not find themselves at the mercy of lobby groups who pounce at every opportunity to buy votes.

"When meetings don't quorate these lobby groups hire cars for members to serve their own interests.

"Part of the intervention will include the provision of transport, particularly as some meetings take place in the evenings," Kekana said.

The province has had to attend to bitter squabbles, mainly in Ekurhuleni where some branch general meetings outcomes are being contested and fingers being pointed at regional leaders for foul play.

The leadership of ward 46 in Ekurhuleni has since launched grievances about meetings being hijacked and rigged by those who supported President Jacob Zuma.

There were also complaints of intimidation, the forging of quorums and criminals causing chaos at meetings. - nhlabathih@sowetan.co.za

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So it's not only in the public sector that the ANC has serious management problems!

looks like the honeymoon is definitely over as the country seeks a more charismatic leader to follow.

Let's hope he/she will be far more competent and reverse the deployment of unprofessional/inefficient cadres...

Oct 30, 2012 10:38 | 0 replies

When meetings don't quorate these lobby groups hire cars for members to serve their own interests
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There were also complaints of intimidation, the forging of quorums and criminals causing chaos at meetings.
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This is what exactly happens at some of branches at Tubatse, the comrades there recruit grannies to join the organisations forgeting that the grannies wont be able to attend meetings. If a branch was succesfully held those BGMs is when secretaries and chairpers forge signatures by visiting those grannies prior the gathering to append they signatures on the roll calls with the assitance of a corrupt REC deployees. The comrades there defend their positions in the municipality by manupulating every process in the Branch meetings, most manucipality employees are chairpersons and secretaries of Branch and the are afraid to recruits the youths beause they want to occupy the positions and being pdelegatetes of conferences permanently. ANC of today goes to the pigs....

Oct 30, 2012 11:39 | 0 replies

forget the ANC lets vote KISS PARTY

Oct 30, 2012 12:1 | 0 replies

Looking like the ANC is the party that can't COPE . . . . with their own branches. kwakwakwakwakwakwa

Oct 30, 2012 12:47 | 0 replies

I understand the problems in Gauteng are minor. The big problems are actually in KZN, where completely new members are seen at elective BGMs for the very first time. Not even the branch leadership knows who they are. And they are voting cattle brought in to vote. The voters' rolls have just recently been printed by RECs incorporating these new guys. That is really a shame!

Oct 30, 2012 12:49 | 0 replies

and as such service delivery is suufering, Lots of pot holes the whole of Soweto

Oct 30, 2012 2:28 | 0 replies

every body' s mind is in Mangaung and nothing else, service delivery is suffering, pot wholes all over, ANC must wake up

Oct 30, 2012 2:30 | 0 replies

The ward 46 leadership consists of lazzy and drunkurds who only have self interests in the ANC.

Oct 31, 2012 3:31 | 0 replies