KZN rift claims are just recycled lies

2014-01-19 10:00

Report of tensions in the KZN government is based on misleading information, writes Bongani Tembe

City Press’ report that there is a plan to prevent our provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu from becoming KwaZulu-Natal premier after the elections (“Mchunu faces factional firing line”, City Press, January 5 2014) is nothing but a recycled lie that has on several occasions failed to achieve its goal of dividing our movement.

One need not be a rocket scientist to figure out that this is part of a pack of lies deliberately spread to create the impression that there were tensions between Senzo Mchunu and his deputy.

These barefaced lies initially failed to achieve their goal and it is now clear that the forces of evil have modified and recycled them.

Your story alleges that a group led by our provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala has hatched a plan to prevent Mchunu from becoming a member of the provincial legislature or premier.

This is absurd, as it would mean that the group would nullify the completed three-month-long nomination process, which saw Mchunu overwhelmingly voted number one on our provincial list of people whom we want to represent us in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature after this year’s general election.

The group would have to organise meetings in all our branches throughout the province to restart the nomination process afresh and also reconvene a provincial nomination conference to consolidate lists from all our branches. They would have to do all of this before the elections.

The group would also have to – without the mandate of the entire provincial executive committee – cajole the ANC’s national leadership to make sure Mchunu is not among those who should be considered for premiership.

Such processes are not only cumbersome and impossible to implement, they are also not something that could be spearheaded by Zikalala.

As a person who works with Mchunu and Zikalala, I cannot imagine the latter being part of such a conspiracy. As the provincial secretary, Zikalala works closely with the chairperson, successfully organising his programmes and daily activities.

They have both denied claims that they do not see eye to eye and they are united in ensuring that our organisation continues to win the hearts and minds of the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

Although our members on the ground who work with Zikalala and Mchunu know that the allegations carried in your article are lies, I am concerned that these recycled stories will eventually succeed in misleading the public.

As we approach the elections, it will be paramount for journalists to look at every bit of information they receive from anonymous sources with a more discerning eye.

»?Tembe is an ANC media liaison officer in KZN

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