By Mlungisi Myezo
ANC Top Six: Jessie Duarte, Gwede Mantashe, Baleka Mbete, Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa and Zweli Mkhize
In the year of one of the greatest fathers of our nation, OR Tambo, I humbly send our revolutionary greetings to you.
Esteemed Comrades you were set the unenviable task of guiding the ANC since the Mangaung conference until this coming December. This you have done to the best of your ability given the constraints and divisions that have presented themselves from time to time. The events of the 8th August 2017 have made the sunset period of your term of paramount importance, not only to your term of office but in terms of maintenance of the organisational culture and discipline of the ANC going forward.
In short, you need to find the members that went against party line and discipline them in accordance with your constitution. The fact that the ballot was held in secret is of no consequence, you have the precedence set in Mogale City where individuals were requested to participate in a lie detector tests. These rogue members of parliament need to be dealt with even harsher than the members who openly defied the instructions of the NEC as we shall leave their fate to the branches at conference. This is a gentle reminder of how the movement used to be infiltrated by double agents who were hell bent to destroy the fight against apartheid and the oppressive regime.
This letter is not proposing a witch hunt but for the organisation to acknowledge its power and exercise it accordingly. Have no fear, you will be damned if you do and damned if you don’t but keep in mind that history will be the final arbiter.
We would like to address the matter surrounding fellow members of your esteemed body who have openly and publicly defied the decision that you have reached as a unified body. These members of your body have made public pronouncements against your standing decisions and in our humble opinion bring your body into disrepute. You cannot be held to ransom by people who are NEC members, hold crucial positions deployed by the ANC and further proclaim a lack of confidence in their leader because it sets bad and poor precedence for all levels of the organisation. One must also question their commitment to the cause of radical economic transformation and consider whether their existence will derail the program of the ANC that should be executed by its deployees. The BEF is pained by this open revolt based on purported conscience and the willingness of these members of the NEC to throw away the power bestowed upon the ANC by millions of South Africans. Given their warped sense of consciousness, we cannot ask nor expect them to do the right thing and as such it shall fall on you to deliberate on this matter and arrive at a unified resolution that will inform how you address this matter. Do take heed of the fact that children follow the acts of their parents and in whatever you do, be aware that the lower structures of the movement are watching closely. Don’t allow this ill-discipline to continue unabated and on your watch!
The ANC constitution states the following:
“25.3 Any member, office bearer or public representative who fails, refuses and/or neglects to abide by the provisions of the Constitution of the ANC, its Standing Orders, Rules, Regulations, Resolutions and policies adopted or made in terms of the Constitution shall be liable to be disciplined in terms of this Constitution.”
“25.4 The ANC shall have jurisdiction to discipline any member, office bearer or public representative for committing any act of misconduct as contained in Rule 25.17 below as a member of the ANC and/or by virtue of his or her contract of deployment and/or by virtue of his or her membership of any of the structures of the ANC.”
“25.17 The following conduct by a member, officer bearer or public representative shall constitute misconduct in respect of which disciplinary proceedings may be invoked and instituted against him or her:
“25.17.3 Failing, refusing or neglecting to execute or comply with any ANC Policy, Standing Order, Rule, Regulation or Resolution adopted or made in terms of this Constitution or breaching the provisions of this Constitution;
“25.17.4 Behaving in a manner or making any utterance which brings or could bring or has the potential to bring or as a consequence thereof brings the ANC into disrepute;”
“25.17.9 Participating in any organised factional activity that goes beyond the recognised norms of free debate inside the ANC and which threatens its unity;”
“25.17.16 Prejudicing the integrity or repute of the Organisation, its personnel or its operational capacity by:
18.104.22.168 impeding the activities of the Organisation;
22.214.171.124 creating divisions within its ranks or membership;
126.96.36.199 doing any other act which undermines the ANC’s effectiveness as an organisation; or
188.8.131.52 acting on behalf of or in collaboration with:
1. counter-revolutionary forces;
2. a political organisation or party other than an organisation or party in alliance with the ANC in a manner contrary to the aims, policies and objectives of the ANC;
3. intelligence or the security services of other countries; or
4. any person or group who seriously interferes with the work of the Organisation or prevents it from fulfilling its mission and objectives.”
You are seasoned cadres of the movement and we trust that you will hold and exercise your mandate accordingly until such time that your mandate expires in December.
Steering committee member – Black Economic Foundation