In a bid to crack down on the manipulation of its local government elections lists, the ANC’s national leadership will descend on provinces to “deal with culprits”.
ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa confirmed on Tuesday that the party was primarily targeting people responsible for the manipulations.
“There must be consequences,” he said.
“We will deal with them regardless of their positions. We should make an example of them because if we do not, this will continue. We have to punish people who are doing things that tarnish the organisation’s name,” Kodwa said.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe revealed the news about NEC members at a Luthuli House press conference on Monday.
The list process starts at branch level with the branch general meeting. A list of three names is put forward and the candidate with the most votes is forwarded to the regional list committee. All names from the regions are then sent to the provincial list committee.
“What we have done is send NEC members to work with provincial executive committees.”
He said the reason NEC members were being sent out was that the ANC wanted to know whether there were communities who were still at odds with the newly elected ward councillors.
“We know some branches have said ‘he was not our candidate but we have forgiven him’.
“So we do not want to say that, because the councillor is there wrongfully, he or she must go immediately,” he said.
In 2011 the ANC instituted a similar probe into the manipulation of the list process. However, the recommendations to fire wrongfully elected councillors, which were contained in the report compiled by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, were never implemented.
“In 2011 the manipulation was just massive but this time around we can easily point out the culprits,” Kodwa said.