News24.com | ANC Western Cape deeply divided ahead of policy conference

Cape Town – The ANC Western Cape’s leadership problems have
taken a new turn ahead of the party’s national policy conference in
Johannesburg on Friday.

Leaders of five of the six regions in the province are
unhappy that some provincial executive committee members allegedly met in
secret on Sunday morning to strip some of the regions of their powers.

The group, comprising leaders of the Cape Town metro, Boland,
Overberg, West Coast and Central regions, held an emergency press conference in
Cape Town on Sunday.

They claimed the PEC wants to disband the Cape Town metro
leadership, and see the Boland region stripped of some its powers. They were
not following procedure, and making unilateral decisions without consulting the
regions and branches, the leaders said.

The move is part of a larger plan to send their preferred
delegates to the ANC’s policy conference on Friday, they claimed, and they have
been unfairly labelled the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma faction.

Speaking out

“We all know there is a problem in the organisation,
even national has pronounced, of factional battles that must be rooted
out,” ANC Cape Town metro chairperson Xolani Sotashe said.

“People think they own the ANC, people who do not
subscribe to the traditions of the ANC. We would be failing if we did not speak
out against these things. We have been disciplined enough.”

The province has struggled with leadership for over a year,
after the National Executive Committee declared in June last year that the PEC
should be disbanded and caretakers be put in place.

Sotashe said they have been very disciplined up until now,
but that those PEC members tasked with leading the province as caretakers, are
dividing it.

They claimed regional secretary Faiez Jacobs, ANC NEC member
Derek Hanekom and the Unity in Diversity caucus of the province are behind the
actions.

“We are not going to allow them to manage regions. They
must be given the space to lead their different regions,” provincial
deputy secretary Thandi Manyikivana said.

“We are saying in this conference enough is enough. It
is up to the NEC now to also ensure they protect the name of the ANC in the
Western Cape.”

Intervention

They will write to the party’s national leaders to plead
with them to intervene, as the PEC is risking having “no ANC at all”
in the province if it continues in this fashion.

Provincial policy head Nomi Nkondlo said the province needs
to convene a special PEC to finalise its policy positions before the national
conference, as the current standing is not binding according to the ANC’s
constitution.

It would not be good if those delegates sent to represent
the branches are reduced to mere cheerleaders, especially given the important
items on the agenda such as land and economic transformation, Nkondlo said.

Acting provincial chairperson Khaya Magaxa on Sunday said he
was not aware of the media conference on Sunday.

Provincial secretary Jacobs said they will be releasing a
statement later on Sunday to address the claims.

Several other provinces, including the Eastern Cape, are
also holding provincial policy conferences this weekend ahead of national conference.