Most delegates favour status quo

2012-05-11 00:00

THE KZN ANC’s top five leaders are set to be re-elected at this weekend’s elective conference in Newcastle, although some of the incumbent provincial executive committee (PEC) members might be left in the cold.

Regional secretaries have not reached consensus on the remaining 20 PEC seats and are still lobbying hard, it emerged yesterday.

A total of 1 311 delegates will be able to cast their votes.

Nine of the 11 regional secretaries confirmed their support for the status quo — Zweli Mkhize as chairperson, Willies Mchunu as deputy chair, Sihle Zikalala as secretary, Nomusa Dube as deputy secretary and Peggy Nkonyeni as treasurer.

The Musa Dladla region wants most of the leadership retained, but supports Education MEC Senzo Mchunu to replace Willies Mchunu as deputy chairperson.

“We have nothing against Comrade Willies Mchunu. He has served us well as a loyal member of the party, but feel that he has played his role. Now we need someone younger who can still lead the organisation like he has done in these past years,” said regional secretary Siboniso Xulu.

Abaqulusi regional secretary Victor Dlamini said: “We want KZN to go to the Mangaung conference in December with a united front and the only way we can do that is to have the status quo remain.”

Dlamini said the rest of the PEC posts were still under discussion, because there were regions that previously were not directly represented in the executive.

The issue of geographical representation was still being discussed to ensure there was unity going forward.

Inkosi Bhambatha regional secretary Lucky Moloi was emphatic that the current leadership was here to stay. “Without fear of contradiction we share the view of other regions that there is no need to change what is working.”

Harry Gwala regional secretary Amon Zondi said: “If we change the current leadership we will be compromising the stability that the province is enjoying under this leadership.”

He said the ANC in KZN under the current leadership was able to establish a decent working relationship with opposition parties, which could only be good for service delivery.

“They have also been able to deliver on the mandate given to them in 2008, and have been able to produce a president, which is an achievement for this province.”

Like other regional secretaries, he too said the rest of the PEC should mirror the geographical spread of the province.

Lower South Coast regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi said the region’s voting delegates were aware of the importance of balancing the geographical spread when electing the additional PEC members.

Moses Mabhida regional secretary Supa Zuma said the region believed the current leadership had done a great job. “We are still discussing the issue of generational mix, gender equity, racial representation and geographical spread as the criteria that will be used in electing additional PEC members.”

eThekwini regional secretary Bhekithemba Ntshangase said there was no need to change what was working as the current leadership was eager to achieve its mandate.

Far North regional secretary Thokozani Ngema said they still wanted to reach consensus on a better geographical leadership spread, as they wanted unity to continue after the conference. “We don’t want any of our members to have scars after the conference so we have to engage and agree on the way forward,” said Ngema.

Preva Khumalo regional secretary Richardo Mthembu agreed that while the top five should remain, the region was still discussing the additonal membership. This was echoed by Emalahleni regional secretary Ntokozo Mhlungu.

Ukhahlamba regional deputy secretary Sipho Hlomuka said the issue was an internal one, and declined to comment.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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