There is no friction between the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement and the African National Congress, according to organization’s spokesperson Sthembele Majova. Instead, he says, the movement has received opposition from an individual within the party’s provincial leadership.
This comes after Ses’Khona on Thursday announced the shooting of its leader, former ANC councilor, Andile Lili, was an assassination attempt by those opposed to the movement.
“The tension is between the provincial Secretary of the ANC, Songezo Mjongile, and the Ses’Khona People’s Rights Movement,” Majova said on Friday.
Majova said Mjongile is opposed to a proposed job creation project that Ses’Khona and PRASA may go into to open employment opportunities.
“He is using his power in the office, and abusing his influence to stop development in the community. The project between PRASA and Ses’Khona is only at the proposal stage now, but Mjongile has been writing e-mails to [various parties] that the ANC does not want the project to go ahead. We found out that it was not the party as a whole but rather an individual and called for his immediate suspension.”
But Majova said despite their recognition of the ANC’s support of their projects, in general, Ses’Khona’s stance is that if the party wants to break ties with them they would allow it.
“The ANC in the Western Cape barely has functioning branches, and if they want to cut us off then so be it, but we will challenge them in the way that they have challenged us,” he said.
“They are suffering, he cannot manage the party internally; [the party] in the Western Cape is in the ICU.”
The ANC’s Songezo Mjongile was unable for comment when VOC attempted to reach him telephonically. VOC