More cracks surface in KZN ANC

2015-06-10 13:24

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Durban - More cracks are beginning to surface in the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal following a meeting between the party’s top brass and the Provincial Executive Committee on Monday.

President Jacob Zuma, along with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, chairperson Baleka Mbete, secretary general Gwede Mantashe, deputy secretary Jessie Duarte and treasurer Zweli Mkhize were in Durban to discuss issues affecting the eThekwini region.

Sources told News24 that the top six apparently took a decision to disband the Lower South Coast region until further notice, but the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has denied this.

“That is not true, there is no structure in the ANC that has been disbanded, there is no such thing,” said KwaZulu-Natal ANC spokesperson Sicelo Khuzwayo.

A source present at the meeting on Monday, who requested anonymity said: “The top six took a decision to disband the Lower South Coast because proper processes were not followed during the regional congress last year.

"Some of the votes were allegedly thrown away and replaced with ones that favoured the current regional chair. The region appealed the processes to secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, but he did nothing about it.”

Blame

He blamed provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala for collapsing the ANC in the province.

“We have 11 regions and Sihle Zikalala wants people in each region. What happened in the Lower South Coast is that a faction won that was against Sihle.

"eThekwini region sat and there were disgruntled members who appealed the processes and the conference was nullified. They should have done the same thing in the Lower South Coast.”

He said some of the ANC members have been threatened with being kicked out of the party because they refuse to vote for Zikalala's faction.

Another source, who asked not to be named, told News24 tha Mantashe met with disgruntled ANC members from the Lower South Coast region on Saturday.

“He came with Joe Phaahla, Nomvuzo Shabalala, Bongi Sithole Moloi, Lindiwe Mjobo and Maggie Govender to discuss the appeals. They called the five branches from the region that were contesting the outcome of the Lower South Coast congress.

“Each branch got an opportunity to state their grievances and Mantashe said he would present the findings to the National Working Committee. He said he would come back to us after meeting with the NWC and inform us of a decision.”

‘Falling apart’

The source said a decision to disband the region would be welcomed because he believes the congress was rigged.

Another party insider also confirmed that the region had been disbanded.

“They don’t want people to know, but I believe the ANC is going to make the information public soon. I know that there will be dissatisfaction from other branches because eThekwini and the Lower South Coast were not the only ones to appeal processes.”

The source believes the ANC in the province was falling apart.

“There are rumours that there is an agenda to collapse the ANC in KZN. This whole thing is about 2017, there are rumours that AU Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is being groomed to be the next president.

“The ANC on Monday said that all of these challenges will be dealt with after the 2016 elections. They came here to discuss eThekwini, but little was said about eThekwini. They said the province was too divided, with one faction wanting Sihle Zikalala and another wanting Senzo Mchunu.”

Provincial congress

The source said the top six had taken a decision to postpone the provincial congress until after 2016 for the sake of unity.

“This means that Senzo will remain the chair until after the elections,” said the source.

“The top six also disbanded the Provincial Executive Committee on Monday, but Sihle begged the top six not to and it was reinstated before the meeting ended,” alleged the source.

On Tuesday, Zikalala quickly dispelled this saying: “The rumours of the PEC being disbanded are unfounded and we have no idea where they emanate from. Similarly, the meeting [on Monday] was not about issues of the ANC Youth League congress as it is now rumoured.

“This was the ordinary organisational meeting of the ANC which was scheduled last week.”

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