NEC suspends Ngrai Ngwenya’s ANC membership

NEC takes decision to suspend Ngrai Ngwenya's ANC membership
OUT: Regional chair of now disbanded eHlanzeni region Ngrai Ngwenya's has had his membership suspended by the party's NEC following him allegedly assaulting acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali. PICTURE BY 013NEWS/ZK.

Sources say the decision was taken Monday mid-day this week.

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has taken a decision to have eHlanzeni leader Ngrai Ngwenya sent home, pending a disciplinary hearing but with his membership suspended.

Sources say the upper structure wants to probe the scuffle that occurred while the party in the province was having a planned special RGC at the Nutting House Lodge in Mbombela Wednesday 17 July 2019 to communicate the decision disbanding the two regions of Bohlabela and eHlanzeni and establish a 20-member regional task team (RTT), comprising of a convener and co-ordinator as well as their deputies and the 16 additional members.

The upper structure also took the decision to do the same to RTT member Phindile Nkuna. The decision is yet to be communicated to the two but it was a “matter that the NEC felt was degrading the party’s image and should be resolved and action taken”. 

One RTT member speaking on the condition of anonymity Monday night this week said the hitting with chairs of Mpumalanga acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali on the Wednesday of 17 July is actually the issue that is sending both Ngwenya and Nkuna home, pending disciplinary actions which the party resolves which steps should be taken against the them. 

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Spokesman Pule Mabe didn’t answer his phone.

ANC senior member Peter Nyoni said he also heard about the decision “today” in Gauteng where the NEC was meeting to have Ngwenya’s ANC membership and that of Phindile “revoked”. 

“Yes I have heard,” adding they welcome the decision as “it restores the principles and values of the ANC”.

Ntshalintshali, who is opposed to Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane becoming the new leader of the Mpumalanga ANC, is gaining support lately from disgruntled groupings in the province as a beacon of hope as the fight to crack the DD Mabuza caste continues.

With day to day tensions between Ntshalintshali and Mtshweni-Tsipane threatening to boil over, the NEC’s decision to have the leader of the eHlanzeni region’s membership suspended look set to paralyse the Mtshweni-Tsipane bloc ahead of conference in December 2019.

She told City Press over the weekend that some working committee (PWC) members, one of them believed to be finance MEC Pat Ngomane, protested against the decision of the PWC to have the branch chairpersons and secretaries of the two regions called to the special RGC “to pronounce on the RTT”.

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“But some of the PWC members abandoned the meeting and stood outside. Some of them insulted me and accused me of [turning] the PEC into a ‘Ntshalintshali Pty Ltd’,” she said. 

Ngomane is one of the PEC members and others in the eHlanzeni region accused by Nyoni of wanting to have the ANC “serving their interests at all cost”. They want Mtshweni-Tsipane as both leader of government and ANC, arguing about the threat of “two centres of power” but the other forces opposed to them believe they should not tell them this “because the ANC is actually the only centre of power”.

(edited by MLM) 

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