The NWC says the ANC can never be held ransom by criminal behavior.
The ANC in Mpumalanga will resume BGMs after they were suspended more than three weeks ago.
The national working committee (NWC) said in a statement they were satisfied with the report of the NEC’s task team sent on 19 April 2021 to investigate the violence that erupted in Nkomazi while the party was preparing a branch general meeting.
Comrades were injured during the clash and this forced the NEC to send the team led by NEC member Zweli Mkhize and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte to come meet the leadership of the province, eHlanzeni region and that of the affected branch.
The BGMs are held to nominate leaders for the party’s provincial congress to be convened before the June 2021 deadline.
Acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali told Lowvelder that the party has already lost two weeks of its time to conduct the BGMs.
She said this meant that dates would have to be moved to allow branches to conduct the BGMs.
“Nothing will stand in the way of the conference,” Ntshalintshali said.
“We want to prepare and check how far we have gone and try and push where we are still lagging behind,” she said, adding that in many branches things will run smooth.
“So, the branches that are not affected will continue with their BGMs,” Ntshalintshali said.
The violence occurred on 11 April 2021 when a branch meeting in Jeppes Reef was invaded by comrades bused from nearby Schoemansdal village.
The NWC said they condemn any violence in ANC branch meetings.
“[The NWC] emphasised that organisational processes should not be held to ransom by criminal behaviour,” it said in a statement released on 4 May 2021.
(edited by MLM)
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