Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s presidential ambitions hit a snag

2017-09-12 13:01
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It seems the pro-Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) ANC provincial leadership cannot stomach the Pietermaritzburg High Court judgment which ruled that the results of the KZN ANC's 8th provincial elective conference in November 2015 were unlawful.

When DRUM contacted Sihle Zikalala who ousted Senzo Mchunu as provincial chairperson, he said, “I will speak later not now.”  The infamous court case has seen thousands of supports turn up to support warring the factions in the province.

The case was brought to court by ANC Councillor Lawrence Dube and four others in May 2016. Mchunu’s faction led by Dube claimed the conference was riddled with irregularities and the results were rigged. They also claimed that the conference was held prematurely.  Zikalala received 780 votes, while Mchunu got 675 votes, in a process where 1 459 delegates voted.

Zikalala, his deputy Willies Mchunu, the ANC itself, the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa, and other top ANC figures are the respondents in the matter. Political analysts believe the ruling is a blow for NDZ presidential ambitions against her strongest opponent, Cyril Ramaphosa. This is because the current leadership has pronounced NDZ as their preferred candidate.

“It’s very destabilising for them. KZN is the largest support base for NDZ and the provincial leadership has the edge to sway votes in the branches,” Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana said.  He said the provincial leadership can even use irregular measures to increase votes for their preferred candidate. “The ruling paves way for more transparent process.”

Political analyst, Ralph Mathekga said because the KZN is the biggest and most influential  in spinning votes the ruling brings uncertainty into NDZ camp. “If KZN is split, it will be difficult for them to win the conference,” Mathekga said.  While Dr Somadoda Fikeni said, “It will rattle them quite significantly. This brings power to both antagonists, this also brings Mchunu in the fore of leadership and he is big support for Ramaphosa. If ANC goes to December conference while the KZN is still in dispute, the branches will be the most important ones rather than the province.”


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