The ruling party has taken the decision to reinstate Western Cape province treasurer Maurencia Gillion, after she was suspended for allegedly accepting funding, despite warnings not to.
On Monday, 20 May 2019, the African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) announced the decision to reinstate suspended treasurer Maurencia Gillion. The decision was taken by the Provincial Working Committee on Friday, 17 May 2019. Gillion was suspended pending an investigation into a R1 million donation into the party’s funding account from media owner Iqbal Survè.
“She remains in her position,” said ANC Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs in a statement. “We have agreed to return a donation received last week.”
In the meeting, the PEC came to an agreement about the political committee that would lead the ANC in the Western Cape Legislature and resolved who would be representing the ANC in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The committee will also be writing to the National Executive Council (NEC) to move the provincial conference, which is due to take place on Sunday, 30 June 2019. The new proposed dates will be from 26 to 28 September 2019, due to lack of preparation because of the recent national and provincial elections.
However, PEC member and head of communications Lionel Aderndorf, who has also been suspended, questioned the legitimacy of the decision, citing that the meeting was closed by acting chairperson Khaya Magaxa.
“During this particular meeting that I attended, the matters raised in subsequent statements were not discussed and decisions presented in these statements were not taken,” he said.
ANC spokesperson Dennis Cruywagen denied Aderndorf’s allegations, saying that after Magaxa and seven other members left, the meeting still met quorum, therefore it could continue, even without the chairperson.