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Cape Town - A team of senior ANC members has been appointed to probe recent disruptions and incidents of intimidation at three ANC branch general meetings in the Cape’s Dullah Omar region.
ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said the party appointed Siyazi Tyamtyam to lead the team, which will investigate disruptions in Ward 36, Ward 40 and Ward 86.
Mjongile said the team had until next week to submit a report on the incidents and identify those involved.
“The probe is an internal ANC process and the main objective is really to nip this problem in the bud, while exposing those involved,” he added.
Provincial ANC branches have been convening general meetings since last month to nominate the leaders they want to represent them… after next year’s elections.
But while most branch meetings went off smoothly, the nomination processes at the three wards in the Dullah Omar region have raised the ire of members to such an extent that meetings had to be called off.
The most vicious incident, in ward 40, saw the occupants of a bakkie assaulting a group of party members with pangas and knifes outside the Baptist Church Hall in Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu. Three ANC members were treated for stab wound .
Mjongile said if it was found that ANC members were behind the disruptions, they would be hauled before a disciplinary committee.
Party insiders said the team probing the incidents at branch level had started interviewing members.
The ANC’s Ward 40 branch in Gugulethu, the party’s biggest branch, has not yet reconvened its branch general meeting since the attack.
According to Mjongile, the party hopes that all the branch general meetings will be finalised by the weekend, to ensure the province meets Monday’s deadline for list nominations.
“All those branches that could not convene their BGMs will be reconvening,” he said.
ANC members, speaking on condition of anonymity, blamed factional infighting and divisions; number rigging to influence the nomination process, and the so-called “poo throwers” who were trying to destabilise the party.