ANC WC: We refuse to be held ransom by Ses’khona
The NGO has threatened to withdraw its endorsement of the ANC ahead of upcoming elections.
CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it refuses to be held to ransom by the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement's threat to pull its local government endorsement.
The organisation, led by ANC provincial executive council member Andile Lili, issued an ultimatum to the party during a media briefing held in Khayelitsha earlier today.
It wants the party to respond by Monday on how it will fulfil promises on land and jobs made before the general elections in 2014.
ANC provincial spokesperson Jabu Mfusi says the party will not be threatened into doing anything.
"What we are saying in summary, as the ANC, is that we cannot dictate what an NGO that is aligned to the ANC must do. They have a right to do what they have done, but the ANC will never [grow] tired of engaging members of the ANC."
Ses'khona has also accused the party of using it as a so called 'rent-a-crowd' to fill venues and stadiums during campaigning.
Lili says they will not mobilise members for ANC events in the build-up to the local government elections, if the party does not address several promises made in 2014.
"[The ANC promised] that it would deliver to us the land for housing that it will deliver to us, Prasa jobs (sic)."
The ANC's Mfusi has responded to the claims.
"The ANC has never promised anybody with regards to the land."
Mfusi says they will engage with Ses'khona to find common ground.