FS Griqua Council disappointed over Speelman judgement

Matjhabeng Executive Mayor Nkosinjani Speelman

The Free State Griqua Council expressed disappointment after the ANC National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals (NDCA) reported its judgement on Matjhabeng Executive Mayor Nkosinjani Speelman.

In April this year Speelman referred to coloured people as “Boesmans” in a video that went viral. In the video Speelman had been ranting about the people of Bronville, a coloured community outside Welkom.

According to the Griqua Council Chairperson Frans Kraalshoek, the judgement undermines the party’s own constitution.

“The outcome of the ANC disciplinary committee undermines their own constitution which is defined as a none racist organisation. Consistency within the organisation is highly compromised, as racist attacks of the same nature are treated differently within the leading party,” he stated.

According to the judgment made earlier this week Speelman, has been suspended as a member of the party for six months and has to donate a third of his income to an NGO in Bronville for three months.

The Executive Mayor has also been instructed to make a public apology on all media platforms in Matjhabeng, among other stipulations.

“Disciplinary action should be corrective and less punitive and should help build the appellant on being a better leader going forward, rather than a punishment that seeks to condemn him,” stated NDCA Chairperson Nomvula Mokonyane.

However, Kraalshoek described the outcome as a lenient approach by the ANC in disciplining it’s members.

“We are very disappointed in the outcome of the disciplinary committee and the hands-off approach sanction which has been announced by the committee,” he concluded.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele