Pietermaritzburg - The African National Congress will take “quick disciplinary actions” against delegates using social media in a way that undermines and compromises the unity and integrity of the party, according to ANC deputy provincial secretary Nomusa Dube-Ncube.
In a written speech included in the “Programme and Credentials Report”, which was handed to delegates attending the 8th ANC provincial conference at the Pietermaritzburg Show Grounds on Friday, she cautioned against the “use of social media”, such as “Facebook, Whatsapp, and other type of social media platforms”.
“We urge comrades to respect the rules of the conference in line with the new era of renewal and long held traditions of the ANC. Disciplinary measures will be instituted irrespective of a standing of a member,” said Nube-Dube.
According to the rules contained in the report, regional leaders are also “charged with the responsibility” to ensure party members who are not part of the conference do not gather outside the venue, delegates are not allowed to “initiate and/or join in the singing of any song, chanting any slogan other than those songs and slogans known and familiar”, and no one is permitted to pass “derogatory remarks against anyone”.
Ncube-Dube said the public expected the conference to take decisions on quality healthcare provision, sustainable development, housing, and job creation.