The chaos over the ANC’s controversial list of candidates preferred for the national and provincial legislature has caused all the trouble in the world. This time, its own members are taking the party to court to dispute its decision.
As reported by EWN, party members from the Free State and Limpopo have taken the ANC to task over their selection of the candidates who will represent the party in Parliament.
Why are ANC members taking the party to court?
These members, according to court documents seen by the referenced publication, want the list set aside, as it does not represent the views of all branch members.
Some of these disgruntled members include former sports MEC, Dan Kgothule. Moreover, a provincial executive committee (PEC) member from Limpopo has blasted the ANC for not including her on the list.
Why the ANC’s parly list has caused so much drama
The formation of the list, according to the ANC, was a stringent task that involved all branches of the party, on a national scale.
What began as a process that included hundreds of candidates, was streamed down to the lean-looking list of candidates who, according to the democratic process that was taken to form it, would be the voice of the party in Parliament.
The controversial list was recently submitted to the party’s integrity commission for review, after cries from within and externally, criticised the party of promoting corruption with the inclusion of embattled figures like minerals minister, Gwede Mantashe, environmental minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, former home affairs boss, Malusi Gigaba, and secretary-general Ace Magashule, among others.
The commission concluded its review and submitted a report with recommendations to the party’s Top Six for further consultation. The result of this and how it will implicate the names on the list has yet to be unveiled.
“They are too emotional” – ANC’s response to disgruntled members
ANC’ Free State spokesperson, Thabo Meeko, accused the disgruntled party members of being highly emotional and warned that their careless actions could be viewed by the party as acts of sabotage.
“Well it’s unfortunate and I’ll tell you why. In themselves, they’re very emotional. The implications here would be serious, not only for the province but for national in terms of the ANC election campaign,” he explained.
He vowed that the party would act decisively in dealing with the disgruntled members.