No room for ill-discipline in ANC, Ugu regional conference told

2011-09-06 00:00

THE African National Congress convened the first of its regional conferences in KwaZulu-Natal at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre in Gamalakhe at the weekend.

The keynote speaker, Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize, called for unity in the party.

He also spoke about the centenary of the ANC in 2012 and called for the founding principles to be upheld.

Mzwandile Mkhwanazi, who was elected for another term as secretary said the conference was not just about electing new leaders.

“The main part was the discussions … and to understand what we as a party want to achieve in the next three years.”

Mkhwanazi also emphasised the importance of unity and discipline among members.

“It is important for our members to understand that there is no room for ill-discipline in the party.

“At the end of the day we are accountable to the main body of the ANC. The different regions and wings of the party have to work toward achieving the goals of the national body,” he added.

Mkhwanazi applauded the behaviour of the 345 delegates.

“Everything went on excellently and it set a very good tone for the other regional conferences that are to follow,” he said.

The regional branch reaffirmed the leadership of national executive committee led by President Jacob Zuma.

The precarious cash flow position of the Ugu District Municipality was also noted at the conference.

Mkhwanazi said, “We understand the constraints on the district municipality.

“We have mandated our deployed councillors who are at Ugu to ensure that the municipality’s energies are focused on its core function, which is to provide water and sanitation.”

He said that previously Ugu has spent resources on projects that were not aligned to its core function.

He added that if there was any illegal activity in the local municipalities, which were won by the party in the recent local elections, “the ANC will not protect those people and they will be investigated and suitably dealt with”.

The conference also resolved to affirm the resolution by the Lower South Coast region of the ANC Youth League for a sports school of excellence in the region.

“There are many talented football players here with raw talent. But that talent needs to be nurtured.”

The region called on the Sports and Recreation Department to facilitate such an establishment.

“The Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre is one of the legacies of the 2010 World Cup. It was built as a training facility for 2010.

“We want this facility to be put to use to serve the sporting needs of our district,” he added.

The new regional executive committee consists of Polomane Mnyayiza, chairperson, deputy chairperson Mondli Chiliza, deputy secretary Xolani Luthuli and treasurer Ntombifikile Gumede, who is serving her second term.

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