Scores of disgruntled African National Congress members have continued to show their dissatisfaction with the party’s list of Councillor candidates for the upcoming elections.
Last Thursday, about 200 aggrieved members marched to the party’s headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg to voice their dissatisfaction over the party’s list.
On Tuesday, the widespread protests in ANC camp kicked off in Ekangala, Tshwane as community members from Sthabile and Ekangala were seen blocking the main road leading to the area on Monday afternoon.
The row was kicked up by the youths after they allegedly saw on IEC website that their preferred candidate, Bafana Mahlangu was replaced by another name.
Prior to the protest, local schools, clinics, courts and other service providers were vehemently warned to shut down for the day.
ANC committee member Tshegofatso Malefatlho also confirmed the development. He said, “residents are angry. We elected Bafana Mahlangu as our preferred candidate but now there’s another name appearing on the IEC’s website. We are going to Luthuli House to find answers.”
Meanwhile, the ANC in the Eastern Cape says it will go for legal advice as it looks to fix the inaccuracies on the Nelson Mandela Bay candidates list after the branch had a meeting with party’s provincial leadership in King Williamstown.
The party revealed this on Wednesday night after representatives from 17 ANC branches in Nelson Mandela Bay found that the Councillor candidate lists were tampered.
“For example there would be one registered candidate who is not the ANC candidate but who has assumed ANC status as a candidate,” said Eastern Cape ANC deputy chairperson Akhumzi Somyo.
It was found also that candidates who merited the list were displaced by ANC leadership’s preferred candidates.
On June 2, ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, told reporters inside Luthuli House that the party has submitted all the names of contestants excluding Ekurhuleni and Western Cape province.
Responding also, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa stated that some of the issues raised by aggrieved African National Congress members and protesters had nothing to do with the list, but the anger was partly due to corrections the party had to make.