Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Durban - An internal ANC investigation has revealed serious irregularities in the party’s process of nominating candidate councillors before the 2011 local government elections.

The task team – led by African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma – found that in some instances there had been manipulation of the selection process by aspirant councillors, and has recommended that some of the councillors be recalled by the party.

In some instances, the investigation found, imposing unpopular candidates on wards had cost the ANC wards.

Of the 419 cases the task team investigated nationally, it recommended that processes be redone in 125 wards. In KZN it has ordered that the process be redone in 11 wards across the province where 30 complaints were investigated.

If this recommendation is adopted it could lead to councillors being recalled if they were not renominated by their respective communities.

In KZN the task team recommended that the processes be redone in wards which include:

l Ward 15 in eThekwini – where there were alleged discrepancies with many members not appearing on the membership list and non-members allowed to participate in the nomination of the candidates.

l Ward 18 in Msunduzi – where it was alleged current regional chairman, Alpha Shelembe, had manipulated the list processes. The task team ordered that Shelembe should not participate in processes that would be redone.

l Ward 2 in Impendle – where the ward councillor did not live in the ward. The task team recommended that the councillor, Miriam Makhaye, be recalled.

l Ward 7 in Umkhambathini where the regional executive committee has been ordered to investigate allegations that the councillor fraudulently received social grant payments. If this was found to be true, the councillor would be recalled.

An ANC national spokesman said that because the report came in late last year, the newly-elected NEC would deal with it and decide how recommendations would be handled. - Daily News