By Thys Khiba
Sasolburg – The African National Congress Fezile Dabi Region declared that they are ‘unapologetically without fear or favour’ supporting the move by their provincial chairperson, Sam Mashinini to appeal last month’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling declaring the governing party’s 2018 provincial conference unlawful and unconstitutional.
The ANC Fezile Dabi Region have indicated that they are satisfied and pleased by the ‘progressive’ move taken by their provincial chairperson, whom they regard as ‘the ever so down to earth,’ Mashinini. “We further wants to put it categorically clear that we are disturbed and disappointed by the alleged conduct and behaviour of both the former provincial deputy chairperson and the former provincial secretary in the Free State debacle,” said ANC Fezile Dabi Region Regional Secretary Brutus Mahlaku.
“We are still firmly behind the ANC SG Ace Magashule and we say hands off our SG,” said Mahlaku.
“We are supporting the SG based on the fact that it is confusing there…the ANC itself is not clear,” said ANC Fezile Dabi Region Spokesperson Gadliz Magadlela.
Magadlela says that the appeal by the provincial chairperson, Sam Mashinini and the withdrawal of the appeal by the provincial secretary, Paseka Nompondo is not a matter of confusion, but it is a matter of how the two leaders see things differently. Meanwhile, Magadlela says that the decision to appeal the ruling by the SCA was taken in the last meeting of the Free State Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).
The region confirmed that they will be having a meeting with all branch chairpersons and secretaries in their region to inform them about the latest developments of the ANC ‘step aside, PEC appeal and other political matters.
According to Mahlaku, officials of the ANC RTT within the region will also discuss and propose ‘the way forward’ in coordinating the ANC activities around the ‘step aside’ issue and other issues. Their focus will include BGGMS and the upcoming Regional Conference.
Fezile Dabi Region believes that the ANC NGC or Special Conference is the only platform ‘to better fine tune’ the ‘step aside’ resolution and this will benefit their ‘organisation.’
“We further say to all MDM structures that date for local elections have been given and all hands to the deck in ensuring landslide victory of this elections.”
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