Elections unconstitutional, says Nafcoc Gauteng branch

Members of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Nafcoc) Gauteng branch and police were involved in a war of words outside the black business organisation's offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Friday.

Members of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Nafcoc) Gauteng branch and police were involved in a war of words outside the black business organisation's offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Friday.

Security guards had earlier ordered out the KwaZulu-Natal members from the office park housing the black business organisation's offices.

The provincial members were at odds with the pending election of a new national president, the procedures of which, they claimed, were unconstitutional.

The Gauteng members said they were awaiting their provincial leader Vusi Nhlapo before deciding on what action they would take.

Gauteng secretary-general Veli Nene and police argued over where the handful of Gauteng members should wait - inside or outside the Sandhurst office park.

But the Gauteng members managed to stand their ground.

The Gauteng branch believes that Nafcoc president Patrice Motsepe had unconstitutionally called for elections to appoint a new council and president, a position he had indicated would be filled by the current secretary-general and chief executive, Buhle Mthethwa.

Gauteng president Nhlapo said earlier that the province had asked the national body not to proceed with the "unconstitutional meeting" and subsequent elections.

He said protesters were particularly concerned about the misappropriation of funds within the organisation.

As Nafcoc members arrived for the meeting, security guards restricted the media from entering the parking lot.

Mthethwa was subsequently elected new Nafcoc president. - Sapa

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