WC, Limpopo await NEC decision

ANC NEC will decide whether to allow Limpopo and Western Cape to host Provincial General Councils.

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CAPE TOWN - Two provinces are awaiting a decision by the ANC National Executive Committee on whether they should hold Provincial General Councils (PGC).

Both were marred by violent disruptions at the weekend.

The Western Cape provincial general council collapsed because of problems with the verification of branch delegates.

While in Limpopo, the meeting was canceled when a pro-Zuma group reportedly disrupted the gathering.

Provinces had until Friday to nominate their preferred candidates for the ANC's national conference in Mangaung later in December.

Regional Executive Committee member in the Western Cape, Andile Lili claimed that some people are being intimidated and forced to support president Jacob Zuma.

"They received threatening sms's that they must vote for Zuma, or else they might be in trouble. Some of them are counselors, they might lose their council positions."

He said the collapse of this weekend's PGC showed that internal democracy is failing.

"Under this leadership of the ANC, internal democracy is not even respected. So whatever the outcomes of Mangaung, I believe that people will suffer."

Lili has also accused Western Cape provincial chairperson Marius Fransman of pushing for Zuma's reelection in order to keep his job in cabinet.

Fransman has been unavailable for comment.

The ANC NEC is scheduled to meet later on Monday, where it will decide how to handle the two provinces that failed to meet their nomination deadlines.