At least four ANC councillors have been named by branches as candidates in the general elections next year.
The party bars councillors from standing as provincial and national candidates.
, the ANC said that councillors could be nominated by branches and formally selected as candidates in “exceptional” circumstances if the party saw more value in deploying a councillor to provincial or national level.
An ANC councillor in the Drakenstein Local Municipality, Sharon Davids, is on one of the lists.
Davids was not aware of the nomination, but said it did not mean she would remain a candidate.
“I will just wait for the ANC process to take its course,” she said.
“Branches can nominate you, but it is up to the leadership and the list conference process to decide whether you stand.
“It is always about what the party wants. I am not going to comment on what I want. I will go wherever the ANC sends me and if they want to deploy me elsewhere I will go.”
City councillor Jabu Mfusi is on the provincial candidates list.
Mfusi said: “If the branches and leadership choose me for provincial deployment, then I will go. I don’t have a problem with it. I will go where the movement wants me to go.
“The ANC has many cadres and it is up to the internal structures to decide. I will abide by the democratic process.”
Cape Town councillors Rhoda Bazier and Belinda Landingwe have also been named as candidates.
It is believed there is some unhappiness that councillors should not be included on provincial or national lists.
The selection process among political parties is gaining momentum before the fifth elections in democratic South Africa.