While waiting for the results of the 19 quarantine votes that will determine whether or not David Makhura will serve a third term as chairperson of the African National Congress in the city, former mayor Mzwandile Masina has taken aim at him.
It has been suggested that Makhura, as the outgoing ANC chairwoman of Gauteng and premier, sent a large number of police officers to the conference in an effort to frighten Mzwandile Masina's supporters.
Masina has declared that he will not be intimidated by Makhura or the police as they wait for the conclusion of the quarantined 19 ballots.
The RET leader claims that the massive police presence at the ANC convention gives the impression of a war zone.
"Because this is a war zone, it is... Never before have so many law enforcement officials attended an ANC convention. The group is unanimous in its pledge to back Lebogang Maile in the upcoming vote. David Makhura's police force will not intimidate us "To put it another way, to paraphrase what Mzwandile Masina said.
Masina said he was not worried in the slightest about the possibility that he would not become the ANC Ekurhuleni chairperson after the matter of 19 quarantined votes was resolved.
He was adamant that no matter what happens, he will remain a legitimate ANC member.
"Since the ANC is a process-based organization, I believe its leadership can find a workable solution to this challenge on behalf of its people if they choose to tackle it.
I haven't been upset by the 25-day power vacuum, but I am worried about the impact it has had on the African National Congress."
This, he said, is what Masina had said.
In his capacity as a representative of the ANC's Gauteng branch, Mzwandile Masina is currently in attendance at the meeting in question. A member of the Adiwele party and the Maile faction, he backs Lebogang Maile.
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