While Western Cape ANC chairman Marius Fransman has dismissed weekend reports of his involvement in a “votes for cash” scandal, the truth is there is growing concern within the party about its current provincial leadership.
For several months ANC branch members have discussed strategies that aim to return power in the party to branches and restore its tattered credibility in the province. Preparations for the recent ANC 103rd birthday celebrations, too, exposed weaknesses in provincial leadership. By MARIANNE THAMM.
From allegations that he fraternises with dubious businessmen as well as other known underworld figures to “buying” votes for cash from minstrel troupes in the Western Cape, ANC provincial chairperson Marius Fransman is facing increasing internal party pressure as regional and provincial structures prepare to meet at the end of March to elect new leadership.
And while the current ANC leadership in the province might dismiss allegations and charges as emanating from those with “dark, ulterior motives” or disgruntled former DA members, the truth is ANC members in the region have long been unhappy with what is viewed as the divisive and ineffective leadership of Fransman and the ANC WC provincial secretary, Songezo Mjongile.
For several months now ANC branches have …
Source : Daily Maverick