They promise to throw a very big launch on 2 March 2019.
Co-founder for the newly established South African National Congress of Traditional Authority (SANCOTA), Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla, say they plan to “invade municipalities” by getting ANC councillors to join their party thereby forcing the system to go to by-elections.
Sgudla said they are having a string of resignation letters from ANC councillors as well as from the Bushbuckridge Resident Association (BRA) and during their launch at the Thulamahashi stadium on 2 March these resigned councillors will officially be introduced to the “masses”.
SANCOTA is led by co-founder Chief Bhekumuzi “Mantjolo” Mnisi of the Enkonjeni royal kraal near Badplaas as President. Sgudla will serve in its executive committee through his non-profit organisation the Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) that is SANCOTA’s “alliance partner”.
Sgudla said so far they have received over 15 resigned councillors to SANCOTA in eMalahleni and Bushbuckridge.
“We are targeting over 30 councillors from the ANC and the other parties. We want them on the ground through by-elections,” he said.
013NEWS could not establish who exactly these councillors are but a press statement that SANCOTA released on 21 February 2019 said the ANC’s “Mr Kgotlelelo Richard Matjia under Bushbuckridge Local Municipality resigned with immediate effect from his position to our political party and he was a ward councillor for ward 11”.
“The newly formed political party has arranged an event in which they will unveil the former ANC ward councillor and a host of new members who have crossed the floor from other political parties,” said the statement, adding the councillors would “cross the floor” during an event on 22 February 2019.
Sgudla said the “world” will see the entire list of the councillors who have left their political parties to come join.
“In Msukaligwa, Pixley ka Seme, Govan Mbeki, Lekwa, eMalahleni, Bushbuckridge and Albert Luthuli we will definately have by-elections. Watch this,” he said.
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The event will begin with a night vigil the coming weekend and the healers from the Traditional Healers Organisation have been invited.
They are expected to do traditional dances at the event before Mantjolo addresses the event at 2am.
“The reason for addressing at night we are actually sending out the message that we can never sleep when things are like this. We are symbolising the kind of government that will be there for the people 24 hours. No official should sleep. People have problems, we should stay awake all the time and serve them,” Sgudla said.
He added a string of media houses have been invited to the Thulamahhashi stadium in Bushbuckridge for 2nd March event.
He said SANCOTA have a programme called ‘Radical Rural Development’ or RRD, which they will implement in government.
“We can be unequal somewhere else but not at IEC. At IEC we are all equal and the coming by-elections will prove that,” he said.
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