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Three ANCWL members suspended over ‘R2m fraud’ in North West

ANCWL members sing during an election campaign. File photo.

The ANC Women's League in the North West has banned three of its top executives following claims that they defrauded the organization of more than R2 million.

After receiving a report on the situation, the league's provincial executive committee (PEC) made the decision over the weekend.

The PEC has decided to suspend Fetsang Molosiwa, provincial secretary Bridget Tlhomelang, and treasurer Manketse Tlhape of the ANCWL North West.

Acting Provincial Secretary Bitsa Lenkopane told TimesLIVE that they had no choice but to suspend their party membership temporarily awaiting an inquiry.

"We got to the realization that there is an element of fraud, if you will, and other associated factors that constitute to behavior that [led] us to suspend the comrades pending the completion of an investigation that we are doing."

TimesLIVE has learned that the provincial ANCWL bank account had a balance of R2.4m in 2019, but the PEC was astonished to see it had been slashed to around R46,000 with no explanation. "It's awful because we've always been told there's no money whenever we wanted to perform organizational work," said one official who did not want to be identified.

Lenkopane neither confirmed nor denied the sums reported.

"I can't go into detail in the media because I respect organizational discipline, but the reality is that the... PEC had no choice but to suspend their membership."

The three were the account's signatories. Lenkopane slammed the deals they carried out. "This is not even an organizational act, but an element of crime or fraud."

"It cannot be that the ANCWL encourages fraud and corruption at the same time as we are in the forefront of speaking out against these social problems."

"The league had determined in 2019 to alter the signatories, but this had not occurred owing to delays and reasons."

Lenkopane did neither confirm or deny the alleged figures.

"I can't go into detail in the media because I respect organizational discipline," he says, "but the fact is that the... PEC had no choice but to suspend their membership."

The account was signed by all three of them. Lenkopane was critical of the transactions they carried out. "This is not even an organizational act; it is a component of crime or fraud."

"It cannot be that the ANCWL fosters fraud and corruption while also speaking out against these social ills."

"The league had decided in 2019 to change the signatories, but this had not transpired due to delays and other factors."

"Furthermore, the administrator's suspension has no legal validity." According to the letters received by these leaders, the ANCWL provincial working committee has suspended them. "A clear procedural fault in line with the ANCWL constitution," she explained.

Molosiwa attempted to "clarify" that the suspension had not been properly approved by the PEC.

Lenkopane, on the other hand, contends that the suspension is lawful and that proper internal procedures were followed in issuing the suspension letters.

"As things stand, they're on hold, and we've also asked members to be calm."

Tlhomelang had resigned from the league at the time of the transfers.

"Why are you receiving the money after resigning from the organization while members of the PEC are continually informed there is no money?" It is unjust, and people frequently act as if they are larger than the organization.

Meanwhile, Molosiwa stated that Tlhomelang had returned to office and that the change had been approved by PEC authorities, with Lenkopane being stripped of her duties – a statement that has subsequently produced confusion and conflict.

The league has expressed its dissatisfaction with the statements.

"We urge the league's suspended members to follow the terms of their suspension and to present their case to the organization's internal processes in order to establish their innocence and voice any issues they may have with the organization."

"Their public stunt is a violation of their suspension conditions, and is just an attempt to evade the organization's internal disciplinary machinery and/or collapse the proceedings in their favor," the league stated.

The league's account has subsequently been suspended, and a criminal complaint is anticipated to be filed soon.

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Bitsa Lenkopane Bridget Tlhomelang Manketse Tlhape North West PEC


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