ANC poll boycott threat

2011-03-07 00:00

ANGRY ANC members confronted the KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nomusa Dube, yesterday, demanding the intervention of the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC) to resolve the crisis over the nomination of election candidates in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

Dube was in Sobantu yesterday for the final voter registration mobilisation campaign ahead of the local government elections when visibly angry ANC members said there would be no voting in most areas around Pietermaritzburg if the PEC fails to resolve the disputes surrounding nominations.

Contested nominations of candidates has led to the creation of factions within the ruling party in different areas around Pietermaritzburg, with most fingers pointing at the Moses Mabhida regional office as having interfered in the nomination process.

“We want to appoint our own candidates, not those liked by the Moses Mabhida region, otherwise we will not vote in the coming elections. We have had enough of interference from region,” said one angry ANC supporter.

ANC member Ntombizonke Zungu said they are prepared to take the matter to the highest ANC office should their grievances not be addressed.

The ANC is yet to release the final list of names of the nominatees.

Dube, who is also a PEC member and deputy provincial secretary, was at pains to explain that she is in Pietermaritzburg in her capacity as MEC, not as an ANC leader.

In an attempt to boost voter registration, Cogta’s mobilisation featured celebrities as ambassadors, including musicians Hlengiwe Mhlaba, L’Vovo Derrango, kwaito star T’zozo, the Groovies, popular radio presenters from Ukhozi FM Dudu Khoza, Linda “Mr Magic” Sibiya, Vicky Masuku Mroza Buthelezi and Igagasi FM presenter Mzokoloko Gumede.

They were present at the weekend’s campaign, which started in Durban on Saturday and concluded with a concert at DUT’s iNdumiso campus in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

In Pietermaritzburg the team visited Sobantu, Imbali and Machibisa.

 

We want to appoint our own candidates, not those liked by the Moses Mabhida region … We have had enough of interference.

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