The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has summoned its fourteen members to publicly apologise and issue a 600-word essay as their “punishment”, for humiliating the party.
ANC claims the actions of its members has “impacted negatively on unity” of the party
According to the Daily Dispatch, the ANC has stated that these members were found guilty by the disciplinary committee of contravening rule 25 of the party’s constitution; and they are also accused of being in the forefront of marches, supporting the ex-eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede; who was fired for “failure to manage the city’s affairs” alongside a heavy list of alleged transgressions.
“Ten party members were found guilty for wrongfully participating in marches to the ANC provincial office in May, June and July 2019 and further for participating or associating with conduct that disrupted an ANC meeting at the Moses Mabhida stadium on 16 August.”
This 600-word essay needs to detail the “negative effects of factionalism”
ANC states that its members are guilty, and have extended an “unreserved and unconditional” public apology to the organisation, for subsequently:
- Bringing the party into disrepute,
- subverted internal procedures of the ANC,
- disrupted the functioning of the relevant ANC office,
- constituted organised factional activity,
- and impacted negatively on the unity of the party.
The party stated that all the members found guilty of contravening rule 25 of its constitution, were required to offer an immediate public apology and the members implicated are reported to have “fully acknowledged” their conduct.
“Further, the convicted members were each required, within 30 days, to submit a 600- word essay on democratic centralism, the negative effects of factionalism on the organisation, and the meaning of unity and renewal in the current phase of the organisation.”
ANC promises its members “serious disciplinary consequences”
The party stated that the guilty members also understood that a further breach of rule 25 was likely to have “serious disciplinary consequences”, which could lead to expulsion from the party.
The statement further stipulated that four party members were found guilty for “wrongfully participating” in a march to the ANC regional office in Pietermaritzburg on 19 August, which was in support of Zandile Gumede.
“Twelve members were sanctioned with a two-year suspension from the party, conditionally suspended for three years. Aggravating factors were found in respect of two members. Consequently, their sanction was a suspension of their membership for three years, conditionally suspended for five years.”