The ANC, through conferences at regional, provincial and national levels as well as biannual general meetings establishes an organisational structure in the form of regional executive committee (REC), provincial executive committee (PEC), national executive committee (NEC) and branch executive committee.
Any individual is subjected to these collectives that are the constitutional structure as defined in rule 7.
The Nelson Mandela region does not have a regional task team but a regional executive committee. Derek Hanekom is just a national executive committee member deployed in the province as a support mechanism to the lower structures.
His deployment as an individual does not give him a right to annul organisational decisions and rubbish them in the media as he is recklessly doing. He acts irresponsibly as if he has not been given a serious responsibility of overseeing good discipline in the organisation.
His statement warrants disciplinary action for flouting and undermining constitutional structures and policy positions of the organisation.
Hanekom does not hide his feelings about the Nelson Mandela regional executive committee and its branches.
He keeps putting the organisation in this region into disrepute by promoting divisive tactics between the ANC REC and deployees in council.
He knows very well what policy positions say about the role of regional executive committees on matters of governance. He must not apply double standards.
He has befriended the council troika and undermined the regional leadership on many occasions.
Mlibo Qhoboshiyane's comments are not surprising. He must be very worried about the redeployment of his friends.
They are promoting and protecting his personal interests. He is more interested in the economic benefits in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality than the pretence of stabilising the institution.
The ANC provincial executive committee took a decision about the Nelson Mandela region. Qhoboshiyane knows that very well.
What is it that he does not have knowledge of?
The NEC officials are very clear on the matter. The deployment of the chief whip is a matterfor the REC, not Hanekom. The REC may just advise the PEC on its decision.
It must be noted there is no decision of a structure of the organisation that can be prevented from implementation by a deployed member of any level of the organisation. All members subject their views to those of the collective.
Hanekom must apologise for undermining decisions of the organisational structures. His confusion of his roles in the disciplinary committee and as a deployee in the province must stop.
He must always remember when he joined this organisation, he committed to uphold the ANC constitution, aims and objectives and other duly adopted policy positions. He must respect leaders.
He must show respect to branch executive committee members and branches of the ANC, including the masses of our people who continue to experience instability and mixed messages conveyed by him in particular. He must stop promoting disorder here.
The ANC is an organisation of the people. It does not belong to a single member.
It is led and coordinated by constitutional collectives as reflected in the constitution of the ANC.
ANC member (name supplied), Port Elizabeth