Mchunu says KZN ANC will rise above challenges

2015-10-11 09:26
KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu (Amanda Khoza, News24)

KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Johannesburg – KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu on Saturday said he was confident that his province would rise above its challenges and emerge stronger than ever.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ANC National General Council in Midrand, Mchunu said this time next year, the media would be singing a different tune.

“Generally we have always been on the rise in terms of ANC membership… this has been evident with elections.”

Obviously, he said, the drop in membership was a major concern.

“It is a multifaceted thing and we haven’t done research on it and all other provinces would have experienced the same kind of drop at one point or another, it is not something strange or alarming...

“I will be with you this time next year... You will be asking what happened, how did we rise from this figure [that we are at now]? I am certain on that and we will get back to the figure and even higher than that.”

Regional conference

He said two attempts had been made to convene the eThekwini regional conference, but for various reasons they had been unable to.

The eThekwini region, the ANC’s biggest region, has been marred by controversy over the party failing to convene a successful conference. The highly contested regional chairperson position is being fought between eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo and councillor Zandile Gumede.

The eThekwini conference was scheduled to convene on October 4.

It had been indefinitely adjourned in May after disgruntled members, believed to be in Gumede's faction, disrupted proceedings.

“We are heading towards another elective conference and we have the backing of head office and we think that we will pull through having resolved all the other issues.

“Obviously even now there are still teething problems and we are attending to them and we are certain that we are going to have a very successful conference.”

On corruption, Mchunu was clear, saying the ANC - by its nature, its foundations, its ethics, customs and origins - must stand against corruption. This is an organisation supported by thousands, most of whom were poor.

He said in some situations there would be individuals that would be identified as corrupt and the party should not allow the actions of one individual to mask the good name of the organisation.

“Therefore I think the NGC is justified and qualified and it's correct to say that we must raise the bar on corruption.”

Succession

On the succession discussions he said, “It becomes an emotional issue because people associate themselves with one person but the reality is that we have a conference coming up and the proof of that is that it will be back to normal after that.

“Once it becomes emotional, I think we should calm down and go to the conference and after we should normalise the organisation. I am confident that after the conference KZN will emerge stronger than ever and it will resume its growth patterns across the board."

On the way forward for KZN he said the ANC was focusing on rebuilding its image and increasing membership.

On the upcoming provincial congress that will see him go up against provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala, Mchunu said, “The ANC will retain its position as the governing party in KZN. My personal issue is neither here or there. Membership will decide.”

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