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ANC pushes to bring stability to W Cape leadership

Three members of the African National Congress’s (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) will be deployed to stabilise the party in the Western Cape.

This comes after provincial Chairperson, Marius Fransman and Secretary, Faiez Jacobs were asked to step down.

Fransman faces sexual harassment charges, while Jacobs is accused of assaulting a party researcher.

Members of the ANC’s top six met with the provincial executive committee on Monday in Cape Town behind closed doors to discuss the matter.

We’ve decided not dissolve the PEC in its entirety

The outcome, as announced by the party’s Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, is that the PEC will be taken over by members of the NEC.

He says there is no timeline to this deployment.

“We’ve decided not dissolve the PEC in its entirety but we’ll deploy two or three members of the NEC to be full time caretakers of PEC. Full time doesn’t mean they will be in the office full time, they will be released of all other tasks to look after the PEC so it is operational.”

Mantashe says the names of the deployees will be announced at a later stage.

The provincial secretary, Faiez Jacobs, has meanwhile asked for his disciplinary case to be heard by the National Disciplinary Committee.

– By Zalene Merrington

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