Broedertwis in the fairest Cape

Staff Writer | May 20, 2019
African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape elections chief Ebrahim Rasool blames secretary general Ace Magashule for ‘extremely damaging’ effect on the provincial campaign.

ANC Western Cape elections chief Ebrahim Rasool has written the party’s ‘Top Six’ to say that one of their number, party secretary general Magashule’s involvement in the province in the recent election campaign was divisive and damaging.

Rasool said in his 26 April letter, also sent to ANC national head of elections Fikile Mbalula, that Magashule’s efforts presented a greater threat to the ANC's campaign than its rivals did.

‘It was disappointing that the challenges and threats have been more internal rather than external from the DA,’ writes Rasool. He accuses Magashule of instructing provincial structures that he [Rasool] be ignored as elections chief and that only Magashule and [Western Cape ANC functionary Faiez] Jacobs would be in charge of the campaign, as well as the distribution of financial resources and party paraphernalia such as T-shirts.

A video has emerged in which Magashule, with Jacobs next to him, tells an ANC meeting: ‘I've now taken charge of the T-shirts. I am now going to make sure by this week, every province [or region] gets T-shirts through the provincial secretary, not through the head of elections.’

Rasool also complains in the letter how his team was locked out of an ANC T-shirt warehouse after Magashule's intervention.

Rasool goes on to say that following Magashule's ‘interventions’, there were ‘unilateral changes’ to the campaign programme and a departure from the party's ‘nonracial ethic’. He considered it ‘unfortunate when a deployee potentially sets our campaign back by giving a perception of buying votes or contradicting our nonracial ethic’.

Rasool has not denied writing the leaked letter, but declined to discuss it publicly, as did Mbalula and Magashule.

Rasool further says that since Magashule's ‘intervention’, party funds stopped flowing into the elections account. The funds were instead diverted into a provincial ANC account, with election structures receiving weekly allowances.

 

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