The ANC says it is doing all in its power to resolve the concerns that are being brought by its members.
Some members are threatening not to vote in the upcoming local government elections. Hundreds protested outside Luthuli House in Johannesburg against the party’s councillor candidate selection process. They say the process was fraught with corruption and they are accusing their Provincial List Committees of failing to help them.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says not voting would be detrimental to communities.
“When you don’t vote in your own ward it is not the ANC you are dealing with. You are dealing with yourself because the delivery of services done through an ANC councillor, impacts your own living condition. If you are so willing that you can give away the livelihood of a community where you stay because there are disputes, then you must be comfortable being led by different people in your own community.”
Mabe elaborates on list process:
Free State ANC to address disputes regarding councillor lists after LGE
The ANC in the Free State has re-iterated that disputes emanating from ward councillor candidate list processes will be addressed after the local government elections.
This follows concerns raised in different wards in the province over candidate nominations for the upcoming local elections. The ANC in the province has its hands full with disputes over candidate nominations after the IEC opened the second round of registration of candidates.
Spokesperson for the ANC’s Interim Provincial Committee in the Free State, Oupa Khoabane says, “We have said that in all the wards where there are problems after elections we are still going to continue with those disputes to pursue and ensure that. Ultimately we have a person that is wanted by the community. It is not that the date of elections electing a person who will then be a councillor would have stopped everything. After elections, we are still going to pursue those where people have registered those disputes.”