Local ANC pleads its case

2017-09-21 06:01

THE ANC Lower South Coast region has met with the party’s national working committee (NWC) for the second time in a bid to have the suspension of its powers by the provincial leadership set aside.

The meeting was held at San Lameer on Monday at the request of the NWC to clarify some of the issues raised by regional executive committee in the first meeting on August 21 at the same venue.

Before the meetings took place, the regional body had written to the party’s headquarters in Luthuli House requesting intervention after the provincial executive committee (PEC) stripped them of their administrative powers a month ago.

This means the province was to run the branch general meeting process leading up to regional conference which was scheduled for October 3. The new date for the conference has not been announced.

The regional dissolution has been described as “politically motivated’’ by some members of the regional leadership who are backing deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to become the next president of the ANC after the party’s December elective conference.

Regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi confirmed the meeting took place on Monday at the request of the NWC. On Tuesday, the Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled that the results of the KwaZulu-Natal ANC’s eighth provincial elective conference in November 2015 were unlawful.

It is the same PEC elected at that conference that stripped the Lower South Coast region of its powers. It has not been immediately clear what the implication of this will have on the regional structure. Mkhwanazi said the Lower South Coast region welcomes the High Court ruling.

“That does not change the fact that we have been stripped of some certain powers,” said Mkhwanazi.

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