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Corrupt councillors face dismissal

By Sibusiso Ngalwa | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 90 ]

THE jobs of 125 ANC councillors are on the line after the ruling party was told they were elected under dodgy circumstances.

A task team headed by former home affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has recommended that 125 ANC councillors undergo a fresh selection process and resign should they not be re-nominated as candidates by the party's branches.

The team was appointed by the party's national executive committee (NEC) to investigate allegations of irregularities and manipulation of ANC candidate lists for local government elections last year.

Should the ANC accept recommendations that the councillors be fired, a number of by-elections could be held.

The team's report was presented at the NEC meeting, that started on Friday at St Georges Hotel, south of Pretoria.

The 125 were pointed out country-wide where the team found there had been "gross violation of the guidelines, internal nomination and selection process".

"The disputes that were investigated by the task team are from 419 wards. These cover matters pertaining to alleged irregularities, manipulations as well as organisational matters. Of the 419 the task team has recommended that in 125 wards ANC processes should be redone.

"Where the incumbent councillor is nominated again through such a process they should remain in office. Where the incumbent councillor is not re-nominated through the process, it is recommend that (they) be asked to resign and a by-election be held," said the report.

The report warned that if the ANC failed to follow the recommendations, the party's leadership risked being seen to be endorsing such wrongful acts.

Most damning in the report is the finding that some councillors were not even ANC members at the time of their nomination as candidates.

"The task team came across instances of candidates only joining the ANC after being nominated. In certain instances the candidates, now incumbent councillors, have shockingly little knowledge of the ANC.

The investigation came after the ANC received complaints from structures about manipulation of lists by either local, regional or provincial leaders.

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Sin. Of course I voted for a particular dispensation in 1994, but the situation was entirely differenr. I picked liberation NOT A SIDE. TYour remarks are becomeing rather objectionable. Not everyone needs to be a party sycophant in order to make a useful contribution to politics. Be careful when questioning positions during the struggle. If you wish to vote for a party regardl;ess of individual performance you are welcome to do so. However, I elect to research individual candidates' performance, make my own decisions based ion my own criteria. I WILL NOT allow party apparatchiks to precribe my attitude, EVER. I don't care how sure you think you are of my approach. The fact that you think X does not simply make X valid. Now please, go and pick your petty squabbles with apparatchiks of some other atupid grouping. Me, I think for myself. Now get off your bloody high horse before it throws you.

Nov 19, 2012 10:6 | 0 replies

RobinX - Just saying it like it is, oom. Next time you want to disengage from a conversation...

Dont keep on posting comments.

Nov 19, 2012 10:39 | 0 replies

imfene
Molweni, morning all.
It makes no difference if this person or that person was elected by the anc process. The anc process does not allow for people in that community to decide on their representitive. A representitive is foisted on them. That is dictatorial and is the basis of problems in our country. My ancesters are still waiting for freedom of choice
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It is a free country afterall!

Nov 19, 2012 10:44 | 0 replies

imfene

You have the choice to not vote ANC. There are always more than one candidate on the list

Nov 19, 2012 10:51 | 0 replies

Impela: You may of course use whatever outmoded racist terms you wish. And I shall choose to treat them with the contempt such thinking deserves. Some of those liberals you speak of died in the struggle. Others supplied safe houses for activists and spent periods in detention (without trial). What did you do? Were you even born?

Nov 19, 2012 10:52 | 0 replies

In our communities it is a common fact that to be an ANC councillor is a ticket to financial prosperity. Since this is the premise and common practise, it is no surprise that the system of electing councillors is corrupt. And this corruption will not end by firing the councillors involved, but by rehauling the entire system from its core which is lending itself to be corrupted.

Nov 19, 2012 10:55 | 0 replies

RobinX
Impela: You may of course use whatever outmoded racist terms you wish. And I shall choose to treat them with the contempt such thinking deserves. Some of those liberals you speak of died in the struggle. Others supplied safe houses for activists and spent periods in detention (without trial). What did you do? Were you even born?
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Some of the kitchen boys you choose not to talk of sold out their own so they could have a place in master's kitchen. What I did or did not do changes nothing. This goes for you too. Whatever heroics you engaged in or did not engage in changed nothing. The sides always choose themselves. This was documented so that it would not matter if one was born or not to hold an opinion.

Nov 19, 2012 11:11 | 0 replies

P4T
In our communities it is a common fact that to be an ANC councillor is a ticket to financial prosperity. Since this is the premise and common practise, it is no surprise that the system of electing councillors is corrupt. And this corruption will not end by firing the councillors involved, but by rehauling the entire system from its core which is lending itself to be corrupted
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Sad community you are stuck in P4T tjo! Here where I live there are elections where councilors are elected through the ballot box.

Nov 19, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies

I want AWB to win the next general elections..

Nov 19, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

That is a politics of ANC driven by poverty and based on moral bankcrupsy , telling the poor that it is cold outside this corrupted party, meaning people are encouraged to join this shady party to enrich themselves than serving the public with integrity, that is why this party is full of illeterate population who dont believe in hard working or education than shortcuts to prosperity, failing which, a lot of killings follows as they dont get their way.
Potential people therefore become the target of massacre, as morons cant challenge them academically.
Another party has to take over the govt, otherwise this party will soon be joining our country on the list of failed african states that are glued on corruption, deception, neoptism, dictatorship and cheap poverty and victimology liberal nemesis.

Nov 19, 2012 11:19 | 0 replies

Molweni, morning all.
It makes no difference if this person or that person was elected by the anc process. The anc process does not allow for people in that community to decide on their representitive. A representitive is foisted on them. That is dictatorial and is the basis of problems in our country. My ancesters are still waiting for freedom of choice.

Nov 19, 2012 10:36 | 0 replies