Suspended African National Congress (ANC) member Carl Niehaus is at the centre of a fresh storm for badmouthing the party and could soon face further action.
Bothered by Niehaus, the ANC on Thursday said it has noted with dismay, his “ongoing divisive, opportunistic and anti-ANC behaviour”.
Earlier this year on 7 July the ANC suspended Niehaus, spokesperson of the now-disbanded Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association, for making “inflammatory speeches”.
On Thursday the ANC said Niehaus’ latest mischief involved his statement “purported to be made on behalf of ANC staff announcing that he would be laying criminal charges regarding the salary matter”.
The ANC, which has been unable to pay salaries to its staffers, said it has interacted with staff representatives.
The representatives have “unequivocally confirmed” that Niehaus does not represent them nor does he have the mandate to act on their behalf.
“His desperate lust for publicity and his latest withdrawal of the said fraudulent statement does not augur well with Carl’s self-claimed credentials as a decorated freedom fighter,” said the ANC.
“We find the behaviour of Carl who appears more on public and social media platforms to be divisive, opportunistic, and devoid of revolutionary discipline.
“Coincidentally, Carl has elected to apply the tactics of one desperate opposition party lacking a clear programme for the upcoming local government elections and pinning their hopes on a liquidated ANC”.
The ANC said Niehaus has chosen to follow the Democratic Alliance’s example by laying charges against an organisation he claims to be his own.
“He is most welcomed to share with the public his most recent official duties as an employee deserving of compensation,” said the ANC.
ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said Niehaus’ utterances were “consistently directed at undermining and disrespecting the 54th ANC National Conference leadership collective under President Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa”.
The ANC said it will take appropriate action against Niehaus for his latest conduct that sought to bring the party into disrepute.