By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Free State province confirmed that they are shocked to learn of an appeal filed with the Constitution Court by ‘certain individuals.’
“Whilst the SACP respects the rights of every individual, we firmly believe that in the context of enhancing the unity and renewal of the ANC in the province such an unsolicited move to appeal is grossly ill-advised, defies the ANC Officials and NWC decision and sadly, self-serving,” said SACP Provincial Spokesperson Phillip Kganyago.
The SACP says that the move by ‘certain individuals’, to file legal papers in the Constitutional Court, to challenge last month’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling declaring that the governing party’s 2018 provincial conference unlawful, is ill-advised. According to the SACP, political tasks such as upcoming local government elections are calling for everyone to unite and reposition the ANC to win the elections.
SACP leadership in the province says it will engage and urge ‘those that lodged an appeal’ to abandon the appeal and focus their energy towards the building of unity and reclaiming ANC processes outside of court.
Meanwhile, the SACP says that the deployment of the former president Kgalema Motlanthe by the ANC national leadership indicates the seriousness of the organisation in wanting to achieve unity.
“The designation of a senior leader, Comrade Kgalema Motlanthe, to lead the political process bears testimony to the seriousness with which the ANC national leadership values the unity of the movement,” said Kganyago.
The provincial chairperson of the ANC in the province, Sam Mashinini doesn’t agree with the facts presented by the SCA and is accusing SCA of not applying its mind. According to Mashinini, the SCA confused facts and attributing conduct to counsel on wrong facts.
UPDATE: The ANC Provincial Secretary Paseka Nompondo confirms that his chairperson Sam Mashinini did not have the authority to file an affidavit on behalf of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).
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