ANC cadre in KZN show their support for Zuma, Mkhize

2012-10-06 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has openly declared support for Dr Zweli Mkhize to be elected to the party’s top six in the up-coming elections in Mangaung.

This was confirmed by the chairperson of the ANC’s Moses Mabhida Region, Alpha Shelembe, during a march to the KZN Legislature in a show of force in support of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC-led government, in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Mkhize, the ANC’s provincial chairperson, is already serving in ANC’s National Executive Committee and The Witness previously reported that KZN is pushing for him to become the party’s treasurer-general, replacing Matthews Phosa.

Shelembe said Mkhize has done an “outstanding job” in KZN.

The march was attended by about 8 000 ANC supporters and was intended to remind party members of the achievements of the ANC-led government since 1994.

Traffic came to a standstill and Langalibalele Street was closed as speeches were delivered outside the legislature.

South African National Civic Organisation president Ruth Bhengu said it was difficult to choose a president.

“When we choose a president, we are looking for someone like Shaka Zulu, who fought wars and won, like a tried and tested leader like Msholozi [Jacob Zuma],” said Bhengu.

She told them that KZN enjoys peace and stability today because of his unique leadership style.

South African Communist Party provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said the march was intended to stop lies about the ANC government by those opposed to the government.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said: “Zuma was democratically elected by the majority, so hands off our president, hands off.”

ANC deputy chairperson and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said he would vote for Zuma at the party’s elective conference in Mangaung later this year. “No other ANC president has been able to reach a membership of over one million except Zuma, and under his leadership we have been able to get over R1 trillion in the national budget,” he added.

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