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BRITS - The African National Congress is in "trouble and must cleanse itself", ANC national executive committee member Philly Mapulane said on Saturday.
"At the 2017 national conference the ANC must cleanse itself from anti-revolutionary [elements] who have infiltrated the movement," he said at the funeral of SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) leader and ANC activist Thabo Moroa in Maboloka near Brits.
Moroa, 35, was shot dead at his home at Doornkop section in Maboloka last Saturday in what was believed to be a political hit.
Three armed men broke into his house and shot him three times, once in each thigh and once in the heart. He was Maboloka Sanco branch secretary. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, who were not at home when he was shot. He was buried in Maboloka on Saturday.
Mapulane said some ANC leaders in North West thought they were "untouchable" and wanted to be apartheid-era "bantustan leaders".
"They mimic bantustan leaders, they see themselves as [the] Mangopes of Bophuthatswana. The ANC must cleanse itself of such people…," he said.
Bantustans, or so-called "homelands", were partially self-governing areas set aside during apartheid for each particular indigenous African people. Lucas Mangope was leader of Bophuthatswana and was accused of using his defence force and police to suppress protests.
Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Rustenburg branch chairman Maleho Gaonakala said voters should stop arrogant ANC leaders in North West in the August 3 local government elections.
"The electorate must vote correctly to stop the arrogance of the ANC leadership in the province. You must not leave the ANC; remain, but vote correctly so that the ANC must listen.
"The ANC in this province does not want to listen. The ANC does not respect its alliance partners in this province, do not vote for candidates imposed on you. We do not believe that candidates imposed on you will be able to deliver basic service. These hand-picked candidates do not serve the interest of the ANC but individuals who claim to be in power. The premier league is destroying the ANC," Gaonakala said.
The so-called "premier league" is perceived to be North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, Free State premier Ace Magashule, and Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza. They reportedly control a faction within the ANC and influenced the outcome of the ANC Youth League and ANC Women’s League national elections.
Gaonakala said Moroa’s death was believed to be politically motivated because he had been vocal against corruption in the Madibeng local municipality and was against imposed councillors. In March, the Hawks raided the municipality following allegation of tender irregularities.
Gaonakala said about 80 percent of the municipal elections candidates in the Rustenburg, Moses Kotane, and Kgetleng local municipalities were not the preferred candidates nominated by communities.
"We are not going to support those imposed candidates, they do not have the trust of the community. We listen to the voice of the people; when we march we march with the masses. We must champion the will of the people," he said.
Mandlenkosi Mayisela, representing Sanco in the Bojanala region, said voters would be given food parcels or money to vote for candidates they did not know.
"Take the food and eat it, take the money, take the T-shirt and wear it, but vote correctly on election day. No intimidation or political killing will stop the struggle for housing, clean drinking water, and electricity," Mayisela said.
African News Agency