Disgruntled eThekwini branches launch court application

2015-12-12 18:07
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Durban – Disgruntled members believed to be supporting mayor eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo on Saturday launched an urgent court application to try and stop the conference from convening.

“This morning we launched an urgent court application at the Durban High Court to stop the conference because there are bogus delegates attending the conference but the court decided that the matter was not urgent and that it was premature to approach the court.

“The court said we should let the National Working Committee complete its work and its findings first,” said Sifiso Dlamini who was speaking on behalf of 21 branches who were boycotting the conference.

While the eThekwini regional elective conference convened at the Moses Mabhida Statium on Saturday, 21 branches boycotted saying that the conference was illegal.

Speaking on behalf of the branches who had gathered at Gale Street, Dlamini from Umlazi sub-region said the conference would not meet the quorum to elect a new leader on Saturday night.

About 400 delegates are expected to elect their preferred candidate in a highly contested race between Mayor James Nxumalo and councillor Zandile Gumede.

eThekwini is the ANC’s biggest region and has been marred by controversy over the party failing to convene a successful conference.

Gwede Mantashe

The conference was adjourned indefinitely in May after disgruntled members, believed to be in Gumede's faction, disrupted proceedings.

This is the fifth attempt to hold the conference.

Dlamini said the National Working Committee, led by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had been in KwaZulu-Natal since Thursday.

“Gwede was at Coastlands Hotel in South Beach where he interviewed branches who had launched disputes against the violation of guidelines of the ANC of holding BGM’s without reaching a quorum.”

Dlamini said 21 branches had delegates who were supposed to be participating in the conference but decided to boycott because of the violations.

Dlamini said in total eThekwini had 103 branches.

“The threshold is 73 and without the 21 branches that are boycotting, they do not meet the quorum. Of the 21 branches, there are about 140 delegates that are not participating in the conference.

“If they proceed, the outcomes of the conference will be illegal. The processes have been rigged.”

Dlamini said the ANC in the province had ignored an important letter from Mantashe.

The letter, which News24 has seen, penned by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and dated October 27, reads: “We are advising and directing the PEC to postpone the provincial conference to a date beyond the eThekwini conference.”

Gwede then requested that the province provide it with new dates for both the eThekwini and the provincial conference.

“Kindly note that a complaint has been received about the deployment of the ANCYL deployees to run BGM’s.

“This is seen as shifting the responsibility of the PEC and the various REC’s to a league of the ANC. Kindly correct this and deal with it if it is a perception.”

Dlamini said the branches still had confidence in the ANC.

“They ignored the letter written by Gwede. We are very disappointed but we know that national will handle everything,” said Dlamini.

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