Nxumalo’s camp plans to challenge conference results

2015-12-15 11:30
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Pietermaritzburg - Disgruntled members of the ANC belonging to branches aligned to eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo met till late yesterday discussing how they are going to challenge the outcomes of the eThekwini regional conference.

Nxumalo only received one vote opposed to 283 received by Zandile Gumede in a conference that was hosted over the weekend at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Branches aligned to Nxumalo had boycotted the conference after a failed eleventh hour bid to get an urgent court interdict, trying to stop the conference from taking place, at the Durban high court.

Group leader Sithenjwa Nyawose, who is also a ward councillor, did not rule out the possibility of going back to court to try and have the results of the conference nullified. “Our urgent court interdict application was dismissed on Saturday morning only because the court said our matter was not urgent,” he said.

“It was not because our concerns are not genuine. We are going to discuss that option.”

Nyawose said the group will not accept the results of a conference that was organised by an illegitimate structure.

“We have lodged an objection of the outcomes of the results of the provincial conference that elected the same people that organised the eThekwini conference.

“That is why we reject the outcomes of the eThekwini conference as well,” he said.

Nyawose said Nxumalo had not been consulted about the group’s intention to oppose the outcomes of the results of the conference.

Another source, who did not want to be named, said the group will also discuss the possibility of holding another protest march, possibly to the national ANC offices.

“The general feeling within the comrades is that it has taken the ANC too long to react to the two protest marches that were staged at the provincial office.

“That is why they are entertaining the idea of going directly to the national office,” said the source.

At the time of going to print, the branches were still locked in a meeting.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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