ANC confirms suspension of several Buffalo City members

DECEMBER 29, 2015

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has suspended several disgruntled members who marched on the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) over the alleged manipulation of branch membership figures.

ANC spokesperson Oscar Mabuyane said among those suspended were ANC stalwart and former Bhisho MPL Joe Jordan, who led the march.

"They are being subjected to the disciplinary process," Mabuyane told News24.

He said the members were accused of bringing the party into disrepute, and accused them of holding "their own election parallel to that of the ANC".

"They called themselves a leadership and led their own elections parallel to our regional elections. The process is unfolding. We are instilling discipline. We can’t allow individual members to hold the ANC to ransom," he said.

Jordan and other ANC members marched against the BCM ANC regional executive committee in August.

Eastern Cape newspaper, the Daily Dispatch, reported that Jordan had said the march was a last resort to get attention after filing several disputes with the ANC structures over manipulation of branch membership figures to favour a certain faction.

Jordan said the party’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) had failed to report back to the general membership after deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte investigated membership rigging allegations.

Mabuyane said he expect that the Provincial Disciplinary Committee would meet early next year. Jordan could not be reached for comment.