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Missing R1 million donation causing rifts in the Western Cape ANC

“If Maurencia wants her suspension lifted, she must approach the national disciplinary committee of the ANC and we can’t return the money because there is no money to return.”

The missing R1 million donation from Iqbal Survé’s Sekunjalo group is causing further rifts in the leadership of the Western Cape  ANC.

On Friday, provincial ANC secretary Faiez Jacobs said the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) had lifted the suspension of treasurer Maurencia Gillion and decided to return the donation.

“The majority of PEC members took a decision overturning the decision taken earlier last week by the provincial working committee (PWC) to suspend Gillion.

“She remains in her position. We have agreed to return a donation received last week.”

However, a member of the PEC who had attended the meeting revealed that at no stage in the meeting was the decision reached to overturn the suspension or return the money.

Lionel Adendorf said: “If Maurencia wants her suspension lifted, she must approach the national disciplinary committee of the ANC and we can’t return the money because there is no money to return.”

Gillion, was suspended  pending an investigation into the election campaign donation. Gillion was under investigation for her role in soliciting the donation, distributing the money, and failing to return it despite being instructed to do so by the party.

Reacting to Adendorf, Jacobs said: “Believing that it indeed had the power to make such a decision, the PEC resolved on Friday to lift the suspension.

“According to that decision, provincial treasurer Maurencia Gillion returned to her duties.

“This meeting also resolved that all official ANC communications should henceforth come from the office of provincial secretary.”

Jacobs said on Saturday, the PEC had decided to relieve Adendorf of his duties as political head of communications in the province and at the same time sever all ties with Mahendra Shunmoongam, who was a volunteer in the ANC elections office.

More: IOL

 

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