Breakaway party, Sadeco in talks

2008-11-04 00:00

Leaders of the ANC breakaway party led by Terror Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa were yesterday trying to woo the leader of the South African National Democratic Congress (Sadeco), Dr Ziba Jiyane, and his party to join them.

The move came barely hours after the breakaway party leaders were accused by Sadeco leaders of stealing their name.

Leaders of the breakaway party announced on Sunday that their new party, which will be launched in December, was also called the South African Democratic Congress.

The Witness understands that leaders of the breakaway party persuaded Jiyane to allow them to use the name and for the two parties to merge.

This was preceded by a marathon meeting in Johannesburg between leaders of the two parties that revolved around merging the two parties or forming a coalition after the elections next year.

Sadeco secretary Samuel Kennedy confirmed that a meeting did take place, but could not be drawn into releasing details of the negotiations.

“We discussed a number of issues of national interest. We talked about forming a coalition after the elections and other things that I cannot discuss now because we still have to consult our constituencies before making them public,” he said.

Asked whether a merger is possible, Kennedy refused to comment, saying an announcement will be made. “I do not have the mandate to talk about those issues. All I can say is that we had a very fruitful meeting and that we will play a meaningful role in what the two parties are trying to do.”

Kennedy said the two parties will issue a joint statement outlining issues that have been agreed upon. Leaders of the new party were not available to comment last night.

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