Tempers flare at ANC Centurion meeting

The ANC branch has accused Tshwane leaders of trying to secure a Mangaung victory for Kgalema Motlanthe.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe pictured on 31 May 2012. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in Centurion has accused the Tshwane regional leadership of using underhand tactics in trying to secure a victory for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the party's elective conference in Mangaung.

Leaders of the party's Centurion branch said their nomination process on Sunday was interrupted by an official who refused to register some members from a ward which supports President Jacob Zuma.

Tempers flared at the meeting when the regional leader deployed to oversee the process allegedly prevented members who were not on a national list of delegates.

Branch convener Hlobisa Ngobeni said despite an agreement to allow members who had been counted in the membership audit, the delegate stopped the meeting.

Ngobeni said the members should have been registered, as they were still ANC members "in good standing".

Zuma and his deputy are expected to battle it out for the top ANC job at the five-day long conference in December.