ANC Mpumalanga 'more than ready' to meet Phosa in court over PGC

Presidential hopeful Matthews Phosa claimed provincial leader David Mabuza had a private militia with a mandate to disrupted branch councils.

FILE: Mathews Phosa. Picture: EWN.

MBOMBELA - The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga says it will meet presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa in court as he attempts to nullify the province’s general council.

The party says it is more than ready to argue its side and it’s regrettable that Phosa failed to raise his concerns within the party first.

Phosa made damning allegations against provincial leader David Mabuza earlier this week, claiming Mabuza had a private militia with a sole mandate to disrupted branch general councils.

The ANC Mpumalanga’s Sasekani Manzini says the province will not be derailed by Phosa’s legal action.

“We know that Mr Phosa is taking us to court so we are preparing ourselves to go there and present our case at court. We are more than ready. There’s nothing to hide.”

She says Phosa should have taken whatever grievances he has up with his branch, saying that procedure is clearly stipulated in the party’s guidelines.

Manzini has also dismissed allegations that the PEC has created an environment prone to the manipulation of branch delegates.

The matter is expected to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, just four days before the national elective conference begins.

ANOTHER VIDEO

Another video has emerged in Mpumalanga, showing a group of people wearing yellow t-shirts and flaunting R200 notes apparently in support of Mabuza.

In the video, people can be heard shouting praises for the money they received.

Ward 11 deputy chairperson Mxolisi Hoboyi has alleged that the group seen in the video is commissioned to sit in branch meetings to ensure certain decisions are made in favour of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“They are tampering with that, they are removing those comrades we have put there to represent our position.”

But Manzini says those allegations are false.

“There is no way that we can have manipulated the process, but of course we listen to everyone who has a dispute in terms of that and we are verifying everything.”

It is understood that NGO Practical and Radical Economic Transformation of South Africa wrote a letter to its members in October, ahead of the branch general meetings urging them to actively take part in general meetings.