ANC condemns ‘insults’ over KZN election

2015-11-17 11:36
Hundreds of ANC members marched to the provincial office in Durban yesterday objecting the results of the recent provincial election.

Hundreds of ANC members marched to the provincial office in Durban yesterday objecting the results of the recent provincial election. (City Press)

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Pietermaritzburg - ANC members who marched to the party’s Durban head office on Monday were scolded for insulting the new KwaZulu-Natal leadership and President Jacob Zuma.

Hundreds of supporters wearing ANC T-shirts and waving SACP flags marched to the provincial office on Stalwart Simelane Street to hand over a memorandum on why they disputed the recent election results.

The party held its eighth provincial conference earlier this month at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Showgrounds in which then provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala ousted Senzo Mchunu as chairperson. Mchunu has since been excluded completely from the new provincial executive council despite being the current premier of the province, thus creating two centres of power.

In a statement, the newly appointed provincial secretary Super Zuma said that members can contest outcomes through “internal mechanism and processes”.

“The National Executive Committee (NEC) member deployed as the Convener in the Province, Comrade Joe Phahla, has received the memorandum containing all the grievances raised by the marchers and will take the matter up with the national leadership,” said Zuma.

A document floating among the crowds, titled “Why the outcome of the 8th ANC KZN conference is being objected” included claims of “ghost delegates”, that a tweet that was sent out by an ANC Twitter feed knew the results at least eight hours before they were announced and that several branches were unable to participate despite qualifying to do so.

Zuma said the party’s leadership “welcomed the reality that the march was generally peaceful”.

“The ANC, however, condemns in strongest terms some of the insults which were directed at the newly elected leadership of the ANC and the President of the ANC, Cde President Jacob Zuma.

“Such sentiments are unacceptable and are against the culture of the organisation and the spirit of building unity in the province,” said Zuma.

He said the ANC reaffirmed its position that the elective conference was “beyond reproach”.

“The transparency displayed in all processes pre, during and post the conference, were all aimed at promoting transparency and clean democratic internal processes,” said Zuma.

He said the elective conference included a vetting process of delegates, a physical head count, assistance from 30 members of the NEC and that all 11 regions in KZN had representatives to observe the counting of votes which was done manually. “Considering all the above, the ANC remains unshaken that the conference was a resounding success and there was no manipulation or rigging of the election outcomes,” he said.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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