Eastern Cape ANC chairperson Oscar Mabuyane has condemned “an organised bloc or splinter group” within the party for undermining the elected national leadership.
In a hard-hitting opening speech at a special provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting on Monday, Mabuyane said this group was “parading” itself as “radical economic transformation (RET) contingents.”
He said, “This highest form of ill discipline that is hellbent at undermining the leadership of the ANC elected at the 54th National Conference should be confronted and defeated.”
Mabuyane said the conference took a resolution that compels members to publicly dissociate themselves from those who are accused of occupation.
“We will therefore be compelled to take action against those that continue to undermine our resolution on corruption and wrongdoing.
“This includes members of the ANC that are actively mobilising against the rule of law and casting doubt on our judiciary without substantiation or facts,” he added.
Zuma, Magashule supporters’ demands
His comments come soon after supporters of former President Jacob Zuma marched to the state capture commission of inquiry last week.
They demanded that the inquiry’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, recuse himself, claiming he was biased against Zuma.
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule’s supporters similarly criticised the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) following claims that they were about to arrest Magashule.
Mabuyane expressed his support for the Zondo commission and law enforcement agencies and condemned those who were “mobilising” against them.
He also slammed calls for an “urgent” National General Council (NGC) of the ANC. The NGC is a midterm conference held to review progress in implementing national conference resolutions.
Zuma and Magashule’s supporters have made these calls repeatedly, apparently to confront President Cyril Ramaphosa over what they say is slow implementation of RET resolutions.
Mabuyane said, “Let me use this opportunity to again stress that the NGC will be convened; that it will carry out its tasks of determining and reviewing policies and programmes and deliberate on the reports of the NEC, and that it will be closed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.”
He was referring to some calls for Ramaphosa’s removal at the NGC. This would require a special conference called by at least five provinces, according to the party’s constitution.
Mabuyane said South Africans expect service delivery, an economic recovery plan and jobs, not ANC infighting.
“Whilst we are busy tearing each other apart and presenting the ANC as an organisation that is at war with itself, our people are without jobs, without food, without shelter,” he said.