Carl Niehaus, the now-defunct MKMVA’s fired spokesperson, says he will challenge his dismissal.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) sacked Niehaus for misconduct on Thursday night, stating that it would only engage Niehaus in the presence of his lawyers. Niehaus has vowed to fight the dismissal and has stated that he is unfazed.
“I’m not stressed, I am fine, I am very clear that what I’m doing is the right thing. I am going to appeal. This is an unfair and illegal dismissal. I was not given any hearing, I was summarily dismissed after being given a letter. There was no labour procedure followed, we will deal with the such.” Niehaus said.
“It is shocking what the ANC does if it is in alliance with Cosatu and it says it stands for workers rights. I was dismissed as if the ANC is not a political party but a military wing, what kind of behaviour is this?”
Niehaus stated that he will not retrieve his possessions from the party’s headquarters, Luthuli House. The ANC announced on Thursday night that Niehaus had till noon today to retrieve his possessions.
Niehaus has seven days to explain why his removal as an ANC member should not be upheld, according to the party. The feud between the ruling party and Niehaus has gotten worse when the party stated that their connection with him has irreversibly broken down.
“Where we are now. He is dismissed as an employee of the ANC. If he wants to appeal this, he can exercise the normal route. If the ANC does not take action against descent, it will lose the respect of society,” said ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe.
“In your written representations, you have not provided any cogent reasons for the ANC to arrive at any conclusion other than that the employment relationship between you and the organisation has completely irrevocably broken down,” the party said.
The ANC made its decision after Niehaus published a media statement stating that he planned to formally charge the party’s national office bearers with “stealing, fraud, corruption, and several statutory offenses” at the Joburg Central police station.
Niehaus claimed to be representing a few of the ANC’s dissatisfied employees, who he claims have had enough of the ANC’s periodic non-payment of salaries and “general maltreatment of ANC staff” as a result of alleged criminal conduct by top ANC members. The most recent, according to Mabe, was Niehaus’ personal statement, which he said was issued on behalf of ANC employees.
Mabe called the move by Niehaus as divisive, opportunistic and devoid of revolutionary discipline.