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‘Put Alvin’s picture back – immediately’

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The ANCYL has demanded that Botes' photograph be immediately returned to its rightful place on the council chamber walls.

Alvin Botes. File Image

WITH the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Alvin Botes, having made it onto the ANC national executive committee (NEC) list, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) regional task team (RTT) has demanded that his photograph should immediately return to its rightful place on the council chamber walls.

The Premier Sylvia Lucas came in at number 80 on the NEC list while former Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Petterson was re-elected at number 40 and Botes was ranked number 21.

ANC Provincial chairperson Zamani Saul as well as the former Minister of Transport and former Northern Cape Premier Dipuo Peters did not make the cut.

The ANC in the Province was yesterday not able to confirm a list of the proposed national cabinet that was circulated on social media.

The list included the Speaker of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, Kenny Mmoiemang, as the proposed Minister for Human Settlements, although he was not elected as an NEC member.

ANCYL RTT co-ordinator Sandiseni Sithole urged for the executive mayor Mangaliso Matika to step down or be removed from office.

“You cannot suddenly wake up one morning and remove Botes’ picture, from the municipality’s walls. We do not know why the mayor holds a passionate hatred for Botes or why he possesses so much power. It is a chargeable offence for the office of the mayor to remove Botes protocol pictures from Sol Plaatje Municipality. He is still the MEC and no one can take the decision to remove his photograph. The municipality is not the mayor’s diary.”

He questioned why no action had been taken against Matika for the alleged assault of an employee during working hours.

“The mayor has never been charged for a serious offence. The mayor should know better than to become involved in physical fights in the workplace, it is morally incorrect.”

Sithole believed that the “malicious charges” against Botes would not hold ground following his appointment as an NEC member.

“They took advantage of the fact that he did not have any political clout, as he was not in any structure. The intention was to remove him before the national elective conference. It is only by God’s grace that Botes was sick on the day of his disciplinary hearing. It was God who made him to be sick on that day so that he could retain his political career. Comrade Alvin is not going anywhere, we cannot allow such talent to leave the Province. He will serve as an MEC until 2019, only then will we send him to the national assembly.”

He added that they, as thr ANCYL “felt robbed” as former ANC Frances Baard regional chairperson Dr Thapelo Dithebe, was prevented from contesting membership on the NEC after he was suspended.

“Dithebe’s disciplinary hearing was rushed so that he could be found guilty on fabricated charges. He would have been the fourth Provincial representative on the NEC.”

Sithole also believed that Sylvia Lucas should serve another two terms as Premier.

“The NDZ and CR17 camps have been dissolved. The collective is behind ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and Secretary-General Ace Magashule, as well as the newly elected NEC.”

He added that they were still waiting for feedback to convene the ANC Frances Baard regional conference.

“The regional leadership led by Matika is fraudulent. We are still under the leadership of Dithebe.”

Manger in the office of the executive mayor George Mosimane pointed out that if any ANC structure wished to raise issues, they should do so through the internal channels available.

“We would therefore not comment through the media on matters that will be best handled organisationally.”

ANC Provincial spokesperson Naledi Gaosekwe did not wish to pre-empt if Alvin Botes would attend his disciplinary hearing today.

“We would not like to make any assumptions on whether or not he will make it to the hearing. We will issue a communication on the case once it has been completed.”

She was not able to provide any reasons or elaborate why Botes’ photographs had been removed.

Gaosekwe added that they were satisfied with the number of Provincial members who were elected onto the NEC.

“There was no expectation that (Zamani) Saul would be on the NEC list.”

She pointed out that, in terms of the ANC constitution, members were expected to resign from lower structures if they were elected onto a higher structure.

“In the Northern Cape, none of the members who were elected serve on the PEC.”

She stated that they did not have a specific date for the Provincial cabinet reshuffle.

“It will happen once the ANC has satisfied itself with all internal processes.”