Western Cape ANC ready to elect new leaders

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

The Western Cape ANC’s provincial leadership election is scheduled to take place by the end of this month or in early May, confirmed its current provincial leader Marius Fransman this week.

This comes amidst continued calls for ANC supporters that Fransman and provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile should step down. Fransman dismissed these calls as factionalism that the ANC wants to get rid of.

“There is currently a process of branch meetings in regions and regional conferences are being conducted until mid April,” said Fransman.

“After that the provincial conference will take place at the end of April or beginning of May.

“Key issues that the leadership at this point is engaged on is on how to unify the ANC at all levels in the Western Cape.

“It also wants to make away with factions at all levels in the ANC. We also want to deepen our work in the coloured community.”

Fransman added: “The egos of leaders and comrades must not be superior to the responsibility of unity and organisational renewal.”

Fransman’s appearance at a Ses’khona People’s Rights movement protest outside the provincial legislature building in central Cape Town this week indicated of a lack of confidence in his leadership.

Ses’khona, which has thousands of Cape Town supporters, backs the ANC. But its chairman Andile Lili spoke out against Fransman and Mjongile while on the legislature’s steps in Wale Street.

“The only obstacle for the provincial ANC is its current leadership. People are complaining about Marius and Songezo. We don’t want to work behind these people,” said Lili.

“They are after tenders. We want credible leaders. We want to work with the ANC but these leaders frustrate us.”

Lili said Ses’khona was in contact with ANC national executive council members and avoided working with the provincial leadership. He said the movement wanted new leaders.

“My interest is that we have a strong ANC under good people. They (current leaders) need to be removed and good people must be put in place,” he said.

“We are in contact with ANC ministers and they have no problem with Ses’khona… The (provincial) ANC is going to suffer under this leadership.”

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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