Where is your branch? Where is your constituency? How many people elected you to the NEC? These are some of the questions ANC members have tabled in a document addressed to the ANC secretary general Ace Magashule. The letter questions minister of public enterprises Pravin Gordhan’s popularity in the ANC. The letter accuses Gordhan and others of being elected through bogus branch nominations. In the last two weeks the ANC headquarters’ 7th floor has been inundated with calls for an early NGC(National General congress). Last Monday a crowd of about 100 people in ANC T-shirts picketed outside Luthuli House calling on the “leader of the UDF cabal” Pravin Godhan to resign. In a leaked document doing the rounds at Luthuli house, six branches in Mpumalanga have accused the ANC 54th national elective conference of a “constructed and illegal” outcome. The branches outline that the same groups of voters were bussed from one ward to another to conclude the BGM’s(branch general meetings).
If the delegates elected at illegal BGM’s participated at the elective conference in December, it could render the outcome of Nasrec’s election as invalid, threatening the top 6 positions and Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency.
According to the letters to Magashule’s office, Gordhan did not receive enough votes to propel him into the NEC and the NWC(national working committee). NEC member Derek Hanekom allegedly received lower votes than former minister of mineral resources, Mosebenzi Zwane but was taken back from home and “thanked” with the position of minister of tourism because he contributed to the ousting of former president Jacob Zuma. Pravin Gordhan, Derek Hanekom and SACP boss Blade Nzimande were axed from cabinet by Zuma but were swiftly returned to cabinet at Ramaphosa’s first cabinet reshuffle.
Magashule has the task of putting out the fires in what looks like the beginning of a revolt against Ramaphosa’s presidency. The ANC in the Eastern Cape has proceeded to the constitutional court in a bid to render their provincial election null and void. At the election dubbed “the festival of chairs”, 40 of the 2000 participants were injured and could not participate in the election.
Should the court rule in favour of the applicant the ANC will have the daunting duty of organising another election or returning to the previous provincial structure, this jeopardising Ramaphosa’s presidency.
When asked if Ramaphoa was concerned about the branches wanting to oust him, his office responded that “The president is working to unite the party and hopes others will do the same”. However Magashule’s office was not so withdrawn, “This is the of the ANC and the ANC’s concerns must be heard. That is the reason we are here”