Judges are not impartial - KZN ANC

2017-10-07 14:01
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Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) says it is willing to go to great lengths to resolve internal conflicts because it does not want ANC matters to be handled by courts.

Provincial spokesperson and PEC member Mdumiseni Ntuli said this while addressing ruling party members from the Moses Mabhida Region on Friday evening during the Saul Msane memorial lecture.

Msane is one of the founding members of the ANC and was the party's second secretary general.  

Ntuli acknowledged that there were problems in the ruling party, adding that these could impact on the forthcoming elective conference in December.

As the PEC appeals the Pietermaritzburg High Court decision which found that the 2016 provincial conference was unlawful, Ntuli said they were engaged in negotiations with other members in a bid to resolve the impasse.

The other party members who took the PEC to court had also indicated an intention to file opposing papers to the appeals process.

For the PEC, Ntuli added, this was worrying as it took power of decision making away from the ANC members and leaders, leaving it with courts.

"Anyone who thinks that judges are impartial is living on their own planet. Judges have opinions, they vote like everyone else and they have a preference on who should be president. So the fate of the ANC should not be left in their hands," said Ntuli.

Offers

He added that in a bid to reconcile the ANC in KZN after the bruising 2015 conference, the PEC had sought to heal the rift through a number of offers to the losing side.

"We said comrade Senzo Mchunu should go to Parliament, but he refused," Ntuli told party members. He said this was an indication of how far the PEC wanted to secure party unity in KZN.

He also indicated to the party faithful that negotiations between the two factions were underway, adding that a three-a-side meeting took place on Friday.

The PEC was represented by KZN deputy chairperson Willies Mchunu, Mxolisi Kaunda and deputy provincial secretary Welcome Ndobe while the other group was represented by Mike Mabuyakhulu, Peggy Nkonyeni and Nhlakanipho Ntombela.

Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni were on Senzo Mchunu's slate during the 2015 conference and were booted out in 2016 when new Premier Willies Mchunu announced a cabinet reshuffle.

Continuing meetings with other provinces were an attempt to forge unity both before and after the elective conference in December.

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