Largest ANC branch battles to hold meeting

2012-11-15 00:00

THE ANC’s biggest branch, kwaXimba in the eThekwini region, has yet to convene a branch general meeting (BGM) to elect delegates to the Mangaung congress and formally nominate their preferred leadership.

This comes after the branch, which incorporates Cato Ridge and rural areas of kwaXimba, was forced to abandon a meeting a month ago when a group of members reportedly arrived armed with dangerous weapons.

The meeting was thus postponed indefinitely.

The situation was so serious that it prompted the provincial ANC leadership to send a task team to calm tensions among the factions.

The branch is embroiled in infighting, with some members wanting the removal of eThekwini Ward 1 councillor Bongumusa Mkhize, who is also the branch deputy chairperson. Others want former councillor Susimpi Ngubane to take over.

But now the branch is under pressure to hold a successful BGM before the cut-off date, or else it may be disqualified from sending a delegation of eight to Mangaung in December.

Yesterday, Mkhize confirmed that a date for the BGM had yet to be decided.

He said provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala would convene a meeting today to decide on a date.

Zikalala could not be reached for comment, while provincial spokesperson Senzo Mkhize referred questions to the eThekwini region.

Mkhize remained optimistic that the planned BGM would be a success once it eventually took place.

“People have been made to understand that they have to exercise discipline and follow the rules of the organisation. We need to work together,” Mkhize said.

The kwaXimba branch is expected to back President Jacob Zuma for a second term as party leader.

Meanwhile, a date for the BGM of the Lamontville branch, where former police commissioner Bheki Cele is a member, has yet to be set. The meeting was cancelled last Thursday.

The BGM was called off over disputes on the voters’ roll, with claims that the names of people who were not ANC members had been included.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.