sit-in: protest group waits for Dlamini-zuma

2011-06-10 00:00

DISGRUNTLED African National Congress members from branches in the Moses Mabhida region (Pietermaritzburg) who have been staging a two-week sit-in at the ANC’s regional offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street, are adamant that they will leave the offices only after the disbandment of the regional executive committee (REC).

This is what representatives of the protesters told The Witness when they were visited at the regional offices last night.

They said they were waiting to meet Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the ANC national executive committee member leading a task team investigating complaints over the nomination of election candidates.

Dlamini-Zuma was supposed to visit them yesterday, but by 7 pm she had not come to the offices as she was said to be busy in other meetings.

Sbongile Mkhize, a senior ANC cadre who is one of the protesters, said that for the last two weeks they have left the comfort of their homes to sleep at the regional offices, which have been rendered unusable by ANC staff and officials.

The protesters wash, cook and sleep there in protest against what they describe as the autocratic REC leadership.

“We are prepared to move from these offices once the ANC gives us an assurance that they will disband the REC and put the region under curatorship until branches are audited and new leadership is put in place,” Mkhize said.

The protesters collect money to buy groceries, which they cooked and share. They queue to use the only shower and two toilets.

The protesters said their hopes of returning home to their families rest with how Dlamini-Zuma handles their case.

They declared they have lost confidence in the provincial leadership because they are reluctant to act against the REC members.

A provincial ANC spokesman said he does not know when Dlamini-Zuma will meet the group. ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu could not be reached for comment last night.

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