The Tshwane ANC is now also facing questions over who it elected to the role of chairperson. Somewhat unsurprisingly (in terms of ANC members) the chair is now facing more than one serious accusation.
ANC Tshwane regional chairperson Kgosi Maepa has been accused of swearing at and threatening violence against his own ANC comrade, Simphiwe Mbatha. Mbatha is the Tshwane ANC’s treasurer.
The police have also confirmed that Mbatha opened an intimidation case against Maepa after an alleged violent incident from 19 July during the registration process at the Tshwane Events Centre before the Gauteng ANC provincial conference began.
According to reporting from IOL, Maepa allegedly threatened to shoot and kill Mbatha while swearing at her in front of other party members.
With the ANC already split down the middle, the incident and case is expected to provide new tension amongst members.
In an internal party document from Mbatha to the Gauteng ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), the treasurer begged the league to help protect her “from this abusive man”.
Mbatha raised concerns at the conference over what appeared to be the invalid registration of a voting delegate. Maepa then allegedly overruled her and dismissed her rudely while referring to her as a “stupid woman”.
Mbatha did not back down and when to confront him again.
“He (Maepa) then told me that he is very rude and he can also insult people, that he has guns in his boot, because he has lots of money.
“And that he will shoot and kill me, then buy the SAPS, because he has (a lot) of money and that case will vanish. I told him that I’m not scared of him,” Mbatha is reported to have written.
As of yet, no arrest has been made and police say the investigations are ongoing. Maepa denies that he ever abused Mbatha.