ANC statement on the alleged hit-list, contract killer and removal of the Premier

ANC statement on the alleged hit-list, contract killer and removal of the Premier

9 February 2010

The African National Congress in Mpumalanga has noted with regret the current media developments on the alleged "hit -list" and the so-called "contract hit-man" that are claimed to be existing in the province.

The ANC is distancing itself from such a list and the person or people who are alleged to be involved in the whole activity. The ANC also wants to re-iterate its condemnation of any murder of any person no matter what the motive can be. Murder is murder, and a criminal deed which should be condemned in strongest terms possible.

It must be put on record that the fact that it is alleged that a member or some members of the ANC are involved in the crafting of the alleged hit-list and funding of the execution there-of, that does not automatically mean that or translate into that the ANC as an organisation is being involved. The ANC does not kill people, but it instead mobilises them into joining as members and rally them around its programmes that seek to improve the standard of the lives of society. It is based on this objective that the ANC has taken as one of its Polokwane 52nd Conference resolutions to have recruited one million active members by 2012 as it celebrates its Centenary.

Any person who can be found to be involved in any criminal activities like murder, such a person cannot be a member of the ANC no matter what position they can be holding. The policy of the ANC is that if a person can be found guilty and convicted by a court of law of murder or such related crimes, he or she automatically ceases to be a member of the ANC and that is not subject to negotiation.

The ANC is once again making a call to anyone who has tangible information to the alleged hit-list and the murders that have already happened to assist the law enforcement authorities by coming up with such information so that arrests and convictions can be made as speedily as possible. It is disturbing that to-date there is no light being shed around the murders that have taken place more than a year ago, like that one of Cde Jimmy Mohlala which has happened last year in January 2009.

The ANC has also noted with regret the report on a Sunday newspaper that there is a group of people that allegedly had forwarded some grievances to the ANC`s Headquarters at Chief Albert Luthuli House complaining about the Premier, Cde David "DD" Mabuza and demanding his removal as the premier of Mpumalanga. We want to also put it on record that as the province we are not aware of such a move. We however appreciate that if there is dissatisfaction about the leadership of the province, members of the organisation and society have got a right to raise such grievances with the relevant structures of the organisation at different levels.

We acknowledge however that there might be some challenges in the province as high-lighted by the ANC structures during the NWC visit to the province, but we believe that that does not constitute a state of disrepair and we can still improve as a province.

The ANC in Mpumalanga wishes to re-iterate its undivided support for the leadership of Cde DD Mabuza as both the Provincial Chairperson of the ANC and the Premier of Mpumalanga. We are confident that with the support of all the members of the movement and the citizenry of Mpumalanga we can continue to work together to ensure a better life for all.

Issued by
ANC Mpumalanga Province
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