The letter to the Nkomazi strongman is dated 29 July 2019 and is soon to be followed by a charge sheet.
The ANC has charged controversial eHlanzeni leader Ngrai Ngwenya for the violence caused while acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali was on the podium announcing the names of the people who should serve on the newly established Bohlabela-eHlanzeni regional task team (RGC) on 17 July 2019.
Party national secretary Ace Magashule in the letter said Ntshalintshali “has continued to receive threat of physical harm to her person” and the ANC was instituting disciplinary actions against him while his membership is suspended.
Ngwenya together with another regional leader, a female comrade, Phindile Nkuna, are charged with bringing the party into disrepute and the decision is communicated to them by the national executive committee (NEC) with the power “at any stage” to “summarily suspend the membership of any member” while disciplinary actions are being brought.
013NEWS saw the letters of suspensions to Ngwenya and Nkuna headlined “Notice of Institution of Disciplinary Proceedings and Temporary Suspension in Terms of Rule 25”.
This rule obliges Magashule and Ntshalintshali in their capacities as secretaries “at any stage” to “summarily suspend the membership” of any member while disciplinary actions are being brought.
Both Ngwenya and Nkuna are charged with bringing the party into disrepute and “behaving in a manner which provokes or is likely to provoke or has the potential to provoke division or impact negatively on the unity of the ANC”.
Nkuna was the treasurer of the now disbanded eHlanzeni ANC structure, where Ngwenya was chairman. It was disbanded on 17 July 2019 both with the Bohlabela region in line with government demarcation and the ANC constitution.
The two, while the NEC and the cops investigate and try to find others who were also part of the assault on Ntshalintshali where police officers also got injured while whisking her away, are also charged with “fighting, assaulting another member or behaving in a disorderly or unruly manner at ANC meetings, assemblies or gatherings and/or disrupting meetings and interfering with the orderly functioning of the ANC”.
The group, allegedly led by Ngwenya, was opposed to the announcing of regional secretary Phazamisa Mathe as co-ordinator of the newly established RTT by Ntshalintshali on stage and then the scuffle began, with chairs and fists thrown at her.
They are yet to receive their charge sheets and this is expected to happen before 29 August 2019.
(edited by MLM)
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