‘No violence after final lists’, vows ANC

2008-12-03 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is putting stringent measures in place to ensure that there will be no violence when the final list of people who will be deployed to provincial legislatures and to national parliament is released next year.

Chaos broke out in 2006 when some ANC members, especially in the eThekwini region, complained that the people who were chosen to be councillors before the local government elections had been imposed by leaders.

Tensions resulted in several protests and some people had to be provided with 24-hour security protection following numerous death threats.

Addressing the media in Durban yesterday, ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu said the party has set guidelines of how the nomination process should be conducted, adding that no names would be imposed.

“We have strict rules and we have made the objectives clear so that there is no room for confusion. We do not want even a single name to be imposed and we will deal with people who will manipulate the system,” he said.

Mchunu said KZN’s 546 branches are holding meetings where names are being proposed. “Any names which might currently be circulated are merely names which have resulted from the lobbying process.

“The process itself is an inclusive and a participatory one aimed at enhancing democratic practices within the ANC and the country.”

The nomination process will end on December 21 and the province will hold its list conference on January 21.

The ANC is also evaluating performances of its members of the nine provincial legislatures and national parliament. For a name to qualify for a ballot, it needs to be proposed by at least five branches and the person must have no criminal record, history of ill discipline or corruption and must not have been involved in fostering divisions or conflict.

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