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By unknown | Dec 21, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thozi Manyisana

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Eastern Cape ANC deputy secretary Pemmy Majodina says it is "unfortunate" that the party's provincial executive committee (PEC) has not acted against a councillor accused of attacking another with a hammer.

It is alleged that Buffalo City councillor Sindiswa Gomba attacked a fellow councillor, Clara Yekiso, during an ANC Women's League (ANCWL) conference at an East London hotel on January 29.

Gomba was subsequently suspended by the provincial ANCWL on February 4.

Majodina said the league's disciplinary committee, which is currently dealing with Gomba's case, had referred the matter to the PEC but the leadership "has not taken any steps".

"It is an unfortunate situation when the ANC cannot pronounce on the case involving its member. The women's league views the matter seriously because the code of conduct does not allow members to fight," Majodina said.

But provincial ANC spokesman Mahlubandile Qwase told Sowetan that Gomba's case was being handled by the Amathole region and the process of "taking disciplinary actions had started".

Majodina said Gomba's last appearance before the league's disciplinary committee was on December 4 but the matter was not finalised.

"We regret such inconvenience and we have apologised to the accused [Gomba] and his representative," she said.

Gomba is charged with "bringing the organisation into disrepute" because of the alleged incident and the date of her next appearance had not yet been set, said Majodina.

Majodina raised concerns that the matter had "dragged for nearly a year now because of technicalities" within the organisation.


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