- Former Premier a collective wisdom leader, not a lone operator
The ANC in the Free State has poured cold water over claims that the provincial executive committee of the party is captured by secretary general Ace Magashule.
The movement dispelled the talk as cheap politicking with no substance, further recounting Magashule had been provincial chair of the ANC in the province and was later deployed by the organisation to serve as Premier.
“This talk of the ANC in this province being captured by the secretary general Ace Magashule is neither here nor there,” said ANC provincial spokesman Thabo Meeko in an interview with The Weekly yesterday morning.
He said there is no evidence supporting such claims and the ANC movement is not surprised and views such talk as yet another attempt to tarnish the name of Magashule.
“All we know is that comrade Ace has been the chairman of the ANC in this province and was later charged with the responsibility of being the Premier. In both positions, he never served as an individual but as part of a collective in discharging his duties,” explained Meeko.
He noted the ANC in the Free State is still battling to understand the basis of talk of being captured, asking how possible it is that one leader of the movement can capture the entire province to dance to his tune.
“We just can’t understand how comrade Ace can capture the province. We really need to be made to understand this concept of capturing; to us it all seems like another smear campaign aimed at assassinating the character of our secretary general.”
Meeko added the ANC in the province continues to support the fight against corruption, reiterating the party’s call to members of the public with information to share on state capture to approach the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.
“As the ANC in the Free State we remain committed to rooting out corruption, and to do that we encourage members of the public with evidence of wrongdoing to take their claims to the Zondo Commission in order to assist the country achieve the objectives of setting this anti-corruption body in the first place,” the provincial chairperson said.
“Beating drum majorettes and grandstanding in the media does not help to achieve the objectives of the commission. In fact it defeats the very purpose why the commission was set up in the first place.”
Meeko also said the ANC’s electioneering machinery in the province is in full swing and the ruling party is confident of returning power.
To ensure overwhelming victory for the ANC in the upcoming national and provincial poll party volunteers had left no town untouched in spreading its election manifesto.
“We are confident in clinching a favourable percentage in the polls to have the ANC mandate renewed. We are giving the last push in these remaining days to ensure victory,” he said.
In Maluti-a-Phofung, the ANC had redoubled its efforts by devoting a special committee to be stationed in the area doing door-to-door campaigns until the last day of mobilising votes.
“We also welcome the intervention of the minister of co-operative governance in this part of our province in order to strengthen and stabilise governance there,” noted Meeko.
The special attention on MAP follows protracted service delivery protests last year and the firing of 15 ANC councillors who went against the wishes of the movement by appointing their own mayoral candidate for the area.